Small Media Foundation Small media news feed IIIP // September 2016 Introduction The Internet of Things (IoT) has become an increasingly popular topic in the Western tech press in recent years. And while the Iranian government is beginning to take an interest in the technology, little has been written (in English) on the prospects for the IoT in Iran. This report seeks to fill that gap by offering a brief overview the Iranian government’s approach to IoT, including a look at a few nascent IoT projects. In a follow up special feature building on last month’s report, this month we also explore Iranian authorities’ vision for the National Information ... Oct. 20, 2016, 10:57 a.m. Filterwatch // Episode 8 - Iran's National Internet Producer: Mo HoseiniHost: Kyle BowenGuest: Behrang TajdinEditorial Advisor: James MarchantDesign: Richard KahwagiMusic by Longzijun Sept. 23, 2016, 3:40 p.m. IIIP // August 2016 More than a decade in the making, in August 2016 the Rouhani administration announced that it was getting ready to launch the first phase of its National Information Network (SHOMA). Given the extensive discussions in the global press about the potential negative impacts of this ‘halal internet’, this launch had the potential to mark the beginning of a new era in Iranian internet policy - one in which the state took an ever larger role in regulating and monitoring online activities. But the initial indications suggest that not a great deal has actually changed. In this month’s feature, we revisit ... Sept. 21, 2016, 11:12 a.m. Filterwatch // Episode 7 - Iran's Digital Security Landscape Producer: Mo HoseiniHost: Kyle BowenGuest: Collin AndersonEditorial Advisor: James MarchantDesign: Richard KahwagiMusic by Longzijun Sept. 5, 2016, 5:26 p.m. IIIP // July 2016 IntroductionIn the wake of the lifting of international sanctions on Iran, all eyes have turned to President Hassan Rouhani’s government to see if the President can deliver on his promises of rejuvenating the Iranian economy, stamping out corruption, and ushering in a new era of prosperity for Iran’s citizens. Against the backdrop of the continued economic influence of the Revolutionary Guard, and growing public anger at cronyism and financial corruption across the political spectrum, there is an urgent need to provide access to accurate, transparent public data relating to the country’s development.In this month’s report ... Aug. 26, 2016, 5:24 p.m. IIIP // June 2016 More than three years on from the 2013 election of Hassan Rouhani to the presidency, Iranian citizens are still waiting on a thaw in the country’s internet control policies. Particularly high on the agenda in the wake of his election was the idea that restrictions should be lifted on social networking platforms like Twitter and Facebook. But now, with a fresh presidential election on the horizon, there are murmurings that some hardliners are warming to the idea of opening up social media to the masses. Why the shift in tone? We look back at some of our previous research ... July 27, 2016, 10:33 a.m. Filterwatch // Special Edition — Live from Citizen Lab Special edition! This month, we take a break from Iranian internet policy to bring you a live report from the Citizen Lab Summer Institute in Toronto. We caught up with Citizen Lab director Ron Deibert, and asked him about the history of the Citizen Lab, his thoughts on censorship, and some of the challenges he faces in his work. Check out the interview below.Producer: Mo HoseiniHost: Kyle BowenGuest: Ron DeibertEditorial Advisor: James MarchantDesign: Richard KahwagiMusic by Longzijun July 18, 2016, 12:01 p.m. #IranVotes // Twitter and the 2016 Elections Iran's elections in February saw voters decisively sweep away one of the most conservative parliaments in the Islamic Republic's history, and deliver a fresh legislature far friendlier to President Rouhani's political agenda. But how was this victory won?On 22 June, Small Media launched a new report in partnership with the Internet Monitor project — #IranVotes: Political Discourse on Iranian Twitter During the 2016 Parliamentary Elections. The report, coauthored by James Marchant, Amin Sabeti, Kyle Bowen, John Kelly, and Rebekah Heacock Jones, delves deep into Iran's Twittersphere, engaging in network analysis and content analysis to test claims ... June 22, 2016, 4:23 p.m. Filterwatch // Episode 6 — Tech Sanctions Producer: Mo HoseiniHost: Kyle BowenGuest: Rishab NithyanandEditorial Advisor: James MarchantDesign: Richard KahwagiMusic by Longzijun June 22, 2016, 11:19 a.m. IIIP // May 2016 IntroductionSince the 1979 Revolution, the US has imposed a variety of punitive sanctions on Iran. However, the economic pressure on the Islamic Republic increased significantly during Ahmadinejad's tenure, due to more wide-ranging UN sanctions being imposed in 2006, followed by several rounds of what have been termed “increasingly comprehensive” EU sanctions from 2010. While the recent nuclear agreement removed many of these sanctions, foreign banks and other companies have been reluctant to enter the Iranian market due to lingering fears of running afoul of the US sanctions against Iran that remain in place. In this month’s report, we ... June 15, 2016, 4:20 p.m. Filterwatch // Episode 5 — Measuring Internet Censorship Producer: Mo HoseiniHost: Kyle BowenGuest: Abbas RazaghpanahEditorial Advisor: James MarchantDesign: Richard KahwagiMusic by Longzijun May 25, 2016, 3:58 p.m. IIIP // April 2016 Iranian Internet Infrastructure and Policy ReportApril 2016IntroductionIn our monthly reports, we often discuss news reports or rumours of internet filtering. This month, we’re putting some of those hypotheses to the test. With help from computer science researchers at Information Controls Lab (ICLab) we designed an experiment to test whether or not a series of websites were blocked, and if so, by which censorship methods. Before delving into the specifics of the research, here is a bit of background information about ICLab. ICLab is a research project that aims to provide reliable information controls and censorship measurement data at scale ... May 23, 2016, 3:17 p.m. Filterwatch // Episode 4 — Net Neutrality Credits Music by LongzijunProducer: Mo HoseiniHost: Kyle BowenGuest: Anupam ChanderEditorial Advisor: James MarchantDesign: Isabel Beard April 22, 2016, 5:24 p.m. IIIP // March 2016 IntroductionIn the summer of 2014, we reported on a number of Iranian social networks that look suspiciously similar to their Western counterparts. Since then, we have observed a strong tendency among Iranian officials to encourage Iranians to opt for the domestic alternatives. In this month’s report, we zoom out and look at some of the effects of the Iranian government’s efforts to promote domestic platforms and services. We also consider how the concept of net neutrality might be applicable (if at all) in the Iranian context. Does Iran’s prioritisation of domestic platforms constitution a violation of net ... April 13, 2016, 11:09 a.m. Filterwatch // Episode 3 — Iran's Cyber Army Music by LongzijunProducer: Mo HoseiniHost: Kyle Bowen March 21, 2016, 4:05 p.m.