On Friday 15 November we held an official launch event for our report ‘off the Beaten Track’ at P21 Gallery. The launch included the film screening of ‘Kick in Iran’ and an expert panel featuring athletes Mandana Mehranpour, Shirin Gerami and Khadijah Safari.
Misrepresented and under-represented in the media, the event was a great opportunity to discuss the representation of women’s sport in Iran and challenge misconceptions.
One discussion point raised during the Q&A was about the accessibility of sports to women in Iran. Mandana Mehranpour,... read more
In the previous edition of the Internet Infrastructure series, we focused on the individuals and themes evinced in the Rouhani Administration’s appointments to governmental positions related to information and telecommunications policy. However, statements from Ministry of Communications officials reported by this series, such as Ali Hakimi Javadi and Mohammad Hassan Nami, have hinted at how little direct power the government has over the administration of the Internet.
Two of these shadow organizations have captured the public’s attention: the Iranian Cyber Army and Cyber Police (FATA). The first organisation, formally known as the Police of the Space for the Production and Exchange of Information, has reached such a level of international notoriety that it was... read more
Iran may have voted against adopting it themselves, but member states present at the UN General Assembly's Third Committee vote yesterday overwhelmingly supported human rights in Iran.
We're proud to have worked with a great group of NGOs to generate buzz before the vote, by creating e-cards and Tweeting up a storm.
Small Media, one of 25 NGOs to sign an open letter expressing support for the vote, also helped convene a Twitter campaign on the afternoon preceding the vote.
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We’d love if you could join us on Friday November 15th at P21 Gallery (NW1 1JD), when we will launch our zine “Off the Beaten Track” and screen the acclaimed documentary film 'Kick in Iran'.
It’s free to attend the event, but you must register!
Leading up to the London 2012 Olympics, issues facing female athletes from Muslim majority countries were in focus, and the Small Media team began researching the history, structure and representation of women’s sport in Iran.
Rather than put it in a stuffy report format, the team decided to publish it as a zine called “Off the Beaten Track”. The zine features research by Bronwen Robertson, Mariam Morshedi and... read more
At the time of the previous edition of the Iran Infrastructure report, the brief unblocking of Facebook and Twitter had prompted rampant speculation that the new administration of Hassan Rouhani had fulfilled its campaign promise of moderation for the Internet.
Given that its electoral success, along with its subsequent communications push and charm offensive towards the West was so intertwined with social media, the role of these networks has changed considerably within a short period.
Whereas four years ago such sites were blamed for promoting social and political discord, in the past few months the establishment has raced to reconcile the benefits of online participation and define new regulations, as Ministries and municipalities rush to make use of blocked... read more
On the early evening of September 16, Internet users in Iran began to report that they were able to access Facebook and Twitter without having to resort to anti-filtering tools. Although the censorship regime (colloquially known as the Filternet), had been known to fail for brief periods in the past, this time the opening paralleled the development of a political and social environment in which the relaxation of Internet restrictions has begun to feel inevitable. Perceptions of increasing state leniency have been fuelled by such positive developments as the commuting of web developer Saeed Malekpour’s death sentence to life imprisonment.
There have been a number of other signs pointing towards... read more
In our previous, election edition of the Iranian Internet Infrastructure and Policy Report, we docu- ment the application and relaxation of controls on Internet connectivity and communications timed with the June 14 Presidential polls. Despite the introduction of new mechanisms to block tools used to bypass the filtering mechanism, by July the Internet had returned to its previous state of affairs that existed before February.
From technical assessments and the reports of social media users, VPNs and circumvention software appears to operate normally for many, with specific restrictions still placed on the Tor network and unconfirmed reports of difficulties with Google’s Android services and Viber. Conflicting accounts of blocking (and unblocking), most likely reflect the... read more
During his inauguration address yesterday, Iran’s new president Hassan Rouhani promised peace and a push towards a more open dialogue with the West. Although it is far too soon to gauge whether his promises will transform into policies as he pushes against Iran’s convoluted theocracy, one thing is certain--Rouhani’s election has instilled a great feeling of hope among the Iranian people. Small Media reports.read more
Small Media is looking for an Arabic speaking Online Platform Manager to help with launching an online training platform targeting the youth in MENA region.
The project is intended to provide practical training and skills to Arab youth (18-30 years old) utilizing a modern and edgy design and dynamic online platform equipped with unique relevant content and networking capabilities.
Applicant should be passionate about either and all: design, social media, training, networking, Arab youth and making an impact through action oriented skills building. The position requires a leader, and ideal for someone who wants to build something from scratch and watch it grow.
This position can be filled remotely.
Responsibilities... read more
We pride ourselves on creating a fun and supportive environment for our interns, and place a big emphasis on skill development, making sure that we are helping to upskill them and ready them for their next career step. At the moment we are looking for a motivated, organized and detail-oriented Farsi speaking individual with good online research skills to serve as a Data Mining Intern.
The Data Mining Intern is a two-month internship, and the person we recruit will work closely with Small Media’s research team to collect and organise various sets of datasets from publicly available sources and manage them in a database. It is an unpaid position but the Intern can claim back their lunch and travel expenses.
The Intern will benefit from hands-on experience with... read more