Posts tagged “Iran”

Toronto-based blogger faces execution in Iran

The Iranian-Canadian blogger Hossein “Hoder” Derakhshan is infamous for his seminal role in catapulting the Iranian online blogging community. The controversial online dissenter lived and studied in Toronto, Canada for eight years before returning to Iran in 2008. Upon his arrival in Iran, Derakhshan was arrested. This week, family and friends of Derahkhsan say that Iranian prosecutors are requesting his execution.

In this article from The Toronto Star, Professor Ron Deibert is interviewed regarding Derahkshan and his impact on “the rights of bloggers and the threats they face.”

From The Toronto Star

CBC interviews Professor Deibert regarding Nokia Lawsuit

Citizen Lab Director Professor Ron Deibert was interviewed by CBC’s The Current on September 17 regarding Isa Saharkhiz’s lawsuit against Nokia Siemens Networks and the broader implications of cyber espionage.

Listen to the interview and panel discussion here from CBC Radio.

Iranian activist sues telecoms firm over ‘spying system’

An imprisoned Iranian activist is suing Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) over allegations that the telecommunications company provided the Islamic regime with a monitoring system it used to spy on the opposition Green movement.

Isa Saharkhiz, a prominent journalist and political figure, was arrested after last summer’s disputed presidential election.

Saharkhiz, who is still in detention, discovered during his interrogation in Tehran’s Evin prison that his whereabouts were revealed when security officials listened in to his mobile phone conversations using technology NSN allegedly sold to Iran, his son Mehdi told the Guardian.

From The Guardian

Extensive Internet filtering in Iran to disrupt free flow of information

“NCRI – The clerical regime has carried out extensive filtering of websites in fear of people accessing information on the Internet. According to state-run media, the head of the Telecommunication infracture company , Khosravi, said, “In accordance with Article 21 of cyber crimes, a broad filtering mechanism has been defined for all service providers.”

US sanctions ban companies from selling filtering technology to the clerical regime.”

From The National Council of Resistance of Iran

Trial of Iran’s ‘Blogfather’ Begins in Tehran

“More than a year and a half after he was arrested in Tehran, Hossein Derakhshan, an influential Iranian-Canadian blogger also known as Hoder, was put on trial on Wednesday, according to Iranian news reports and statements by his family posted online.

According to Golnaz Esfandiari, who blogs for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the American-financed news organization:

Iran’s hard-line Fars news agency reports that the trial of controversial blogger Hossein Derakhshan, known as Iran’s “Blogfather” for helping to popularize blogging in the Islamic republic, began in Tehran on June 23.”

From The New York Times

Tehran’s Lost Connection

During last year’s election turmoil in Tehran, the Iranian regime’s biggest foe often seemed to be 21st-century technology. While the regime cracked down on supporters of opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi — the so-called Green Movement — with decidedly pre-Web 2.0 tools like truncheons and tear gas, protesters used Twitter, YouTube, and other Web-based applications to publicize their cause, and the regime’s brutal response, to the rest of the world.

A year later, however, Iranian dissidents’ techno-euphoria is mostly a thing of the past. The regime’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) declared victory over the opposition this February, after the Green Movement’s call for massive demonstrations to mark the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution were effectively blocked by the regime’s nationwide shutdown of both Internet and cell-phone access. The Greens, deprived of communications in a society where mass media are under complete state control, suffered a lackluster turnout, prompting some Iran watchers in Washington to (prematurely) declare the movement dead.

From Foreign Policy

Iran’s Opposition Seeks More Help in Cyberwar With Government

At a time when the Obama administration is pressing for harsher sanctions against Iran for its nuclear program, democracy advocates in Iran have been celebrating the recent decision by the United States to lift sanctions on various online services, which they say only helped Tehran to suppress the opposition.

But it is still a long way from the activists’ goal of lifting all restrictions on trade in Internet services, which opposition leaders say is vital to maintaining the open communications that have underpinned the protests that erupted last summer after the disputed presidential election. In recent months the government has carried out cyberwarfare against the opposition, eliminating virtually all sources of independent news and information and shutting down social networking services.

From The New York Times

U.S. Hopes Exports Will Help Open Closed Societies

WASHINGTON — Seeking to exploit the Internet’s potential for prying open closed societies, the Obama administration will permit technology companies to export online services like instant messaging, chat and photo sharing to Iran, Cuba and Sudan, a senior administration official said Sunday.

On Monday, he said, the Treasury Department will issue a general license for the export of free personal Internet services and software geared toward the populations in all three countries, allowing Microsoft, Yahoo and other providers to get around strict export restrictions.

From The New York Times

Iran, Facebook, and the Limits of Online Activism

The many-voiced, every-man-for-himself spirit of the Iranian blogosphere is an admirable exercise of the freedom of expression, but it is not the ideal way for a group to concentrate its energies in negotiations with a hostile state. From Foreign Policy Dispatch The green movement’s Internet leaders are learning the perils and pitfalls of online organizing… Read more »