Small Media Foundation http://www.smallmedia.org.uk Small media news feed Filterwatch // April 2018 In this month’s edition of Filterwatch, we look at how Iran’s ban on Telegram could have negative consequences on the country’s marginalised communities. Rural communities, disabled people and low-income citizens may all be hit by the filtering of the messaging app. Also this month, we document the latest developments in Iranian ICT policy and infrastructure development. The most pushing event of the month was obviously the banning of Telegram. Although we did not suspect that the app would face a permanent ban, it appears as though this may actually be the case. At the same time, there ... http://www.smallmedia.org.uk/news/filterwatch-april-2018 May 29, 2018, 3:25 p.m. http://www.smallmedia.org.uk/news/filterwatch-april-2018 Filterwatch // March 2018 Executive SummaryIn this month’s edition of Filterwatch, we build on last month’s report on the new bills being proposed in parliament, and map out the 41 governing bodies that the ICT Ministry is proposing as part of these bills. Also this month, we document the latest developments in Iranian ICT policy and infrastructure development. This month sees increasing demands from officials and MPs to completely block Telegram, and the Supreme Council for Cyberspace announced a string of domestic messaging applications that will be supported by the ICT Ministry in order to rival dominant Telegram. In addition to this ... http://www.smallmedia.org.uk/news/filterwatch-march-2018 April 30, 2018, 11:56 a.m. http://www.smallmedia.org.uk/news/filterwatch-march-2018 Filterwatch // February 2018 In this month’s edition of Filterwatch, we take a look at five newly proposed bills relating to internet and cyberspace regulation in Iran. Given the lack of scrutiny they have received, we outline the importance of these proposed documents for the future of the internet in Iran. Given the potential importance of these proposed bills, we are keen to highlight the fact that there is a dangerous lack of a formalised process for civil society, experts and politicians to properly scrutinise the drafts. There is also a lack of clarity regarding the timeline in mind for advancing each stage ... http://www.smallmedia.org.uk/news/filterwatch-february-2018 March 28, 2018, 9:44 a.m. http://www.smallmedia.org.uk/news/filterwatch-february-2018 Filterwatch // January 2018 In this month’s edition of Filterwatch, we explore the Iranian authorities current rhetoric about the development and adoption of domestic apps in the country. With the temporary blocking of Telegram in January 2018 giving rise to a number of domestically-produced apps, we analyse 6 of the most popular ‘alternatives’ to Telegram. Whilst we don’t see it being blocked anytime soon, we think it’s important that internet freedom activists don’t settle too comfortably into the country’s current Telegram-centric state. Also this month, we document the latest developments in Iranian ICT policy and infrastructure development in the ... http://www.smallmedia.org.uk/news/filterwatch-january-2018 Feb. 23, 2018, 10:41 a.m. http://www.smallmedia.org.uk/news/filterwatch-january-2018 Twitter Reacts: IRIB Sanctions Twitter Reacts: IRIB SanctionsAfter hearing news that the US government is looking to impose sanctions on Iranian state broadcaster Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), Iranian Twitter users have been sharing their thoughts on the announcement. According to our initial assessment, Iranians on Twitter appear to be broadly supportive of the idea of placing sanctions on IRIB – the first time in our experience that Iranians have seemed to welcome the idea of a US administration imposing restrictions on an Iranian state entity.A Gathering Twitterstorm – Twitter Reactions from Iranian CitizensIranian Twitter users have been tweeting about the potential US sanctions ... http://www.smallmedia.org.uk/news/twitter-reacts-irib-sanctions Jan. 18, 2018, 10:19 a.m. http://www.smallmedia.org.uk/news/twitter-reacts-irib-sanctions Filterwatch // December 2017 The eruption of anger and frustration on the streets of Iran at the end of 2017 constituted the largest and most widespread demonstrations since the post-election unrest of 2009. Although the scale of the protests appeared to catch authorities by surprise, this was exactly the kind of phenomenon that Iran’s ICT infrastructure has been designed to contain and manage over the past 8 years.In this month’s #Filterwatch report we document the course of events, and the role of communications technologies in the unrest. We also offer some analysis of where Iran’s information control policies are at ... http://www.smallmedia.org.uk/news/filterwatch-december-2017 Jan. 12, 2018, 4:31 p.m. http://www.smallmedia.org.uk/news/filterwatch-december-2017 Filterwatch // November 2017 Executive SummaryIn this month’s edition of Filterwatch, we take a look at the evolving nature of Iran’s internet controls, and highlight a few key considerations for the internet freedom community in the face of this shifting landscape. As the Rouhani administration turns away from the blunter methods of blocking websites and content, and pivots towards harder-to-detect measures of user incentivisation and self-censorship, we hope to illustrate the need for our community to adapt its approaches to counter the next generation of internet controls in Iran. Also this month, we continue to document Iran’s latest ICT and internet ... http://www.smallmedia.org.uk/news/filterwatch-november-2017 Dec. 18, 2017, 9:05 a.m. http://www.smallmedia.org.uk/news/filterwatch-november-2017 Filterwatch // October 2017 Executive SummaryIn this month’s edition of Filterwatch, we delve into the ins-and-outs of Iran’s international ICT partnerships, both with governments and private organisations. Over the last few years Iran has made efforts to establish itself as a regional ICT-hub, and also set out to put itself on the world ICT stage. In this month’s report, we’ll delve into the 50+ international talks and partnerships Iran has engaged in, and establish how it sees itself on the international stage, and where it places international support in terms of furthering its regional and global ambitions. And, as usual ... http://www.smallmedia.org.uk/news/filterwatch-october-2017 Nov. 27, 2017, 11 a.m. http://www.smallmedia.org.uk/news/filterwatch-october-2017 Filterwatch // September 2017 Executive SummaryIn this month’s edition of Filterwatch, we take a look at Telegram, exploring the its rise in Iran and the impact it has had on the internet landscape in the country. Also this month, we document the latest developments in Iranian ICT policy and infrastructure development. We learn that 60% of internet traffic in the country is used on Telegram, and that those that engage in advertising on the platform without registering with authorities face having their channel shut down. ICT Ministry newcomer Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi continues to – unsuccessfully – push for Twitter’s filtering to be removed, and ... http://www.smallmedia.org.uk/news/filterwatch-september-2017 Oct. 18, 2017, 10:33 a.m. http://www.smallmedia.org.uk/news/filterwatch-september-2017 Filterwatch // August 2017 Executive SummaryIn this month’s edition of Filterwatch, we map out the ICT landscape in Iran, exploring the most influential policy making bodies that might influence Rouhani’s second term. We also profile Iran’s new ICT Minister, Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi. Will the youngest Minister in Iran’s parliament champion internet freedom, or will he cave to the demands of conservatives?Also this month, we document the latest developments in Iranian ICT policy and infrastructure development. International tech companies feature heavily this month, ranging from the administration attempting to make deals with Twitter, to the ICT Ministry querying Apple’s ... http://www.smallmedia.org.uk/news/filterwatch-august-2017 Sept. 25, 2017, 10:06 a.m. http://www.smallmedia.org.uk/news/filterwatch-august-2017 Filterwatch // July 2017 Executive SummaryIn this month’s edition of Filterwatch, we explore the push for transparency taking place within Iran, and how the internet and online tools have supported these efforts. We will highlight effective tools and initiatives being developed by online activists and investigate how the establishment is reacting to calls for greater transparency.Also this month, we document the latest developments in Iranian ICT policy and infrastructure development. This month sees increased criticism over the progress of the National Information Network – also known as SHOMA – from the Supreme Leader himself.And even though election season is over, conservatives from the ... http://www.smallmedia.org.uk/news/filterwatch-july-2017 Aug. 17, 2017, 12:23 p.m. http://www.smallmedia.org.uk/news/filterwatch-july-2017 Filterwatch // June 2017 Executive SummaryIn this month’s edition of Filterwatch, we investigate the Rouhani government’s efforts to establish new eGovernment platforms and modernise a plethora of Iranian government services. As conservative and hardline politicians loudly accuse the government of dragging its heels on the development of anti-corruption and digital security infrastructure, how has eGovernment become such a politicised issue in recent months? Also this month, we document the latest developments in Iranian ICT policy and infrastructure development in the wake of Rouhani’s crushing electoral victory in June. This month sees a wave of new services being rolled out alongside government ... http://www.smallmedia.org.uk/news/filterwatch-june-2017 July 26, 2017, 12:45 p.m. http://www.smallmedia.org.uk/news/filterwatch-june-2017 Filterwatch // May 2017 Executive SummaryEver since the intensification of information controls in Iran after the tumultuous 2009 elections, the greatest perceptions of threat have generally been rooted in fears of the filtering of online content, and of the throttling of internet speeds as key moments of national importance (such as elections). Looking at the recent experience of the 2017 presidential elections, one might be forgiven for feeling a sense of relief at the apparent evaporation of authoritarian instincts in Iranian internet policy implementation – excluding the arrest of 12 reformist Telegram channel administrators in March 2017, the election went off without any mass detentions ... http://www.smallmedia.org.uk/news/filterwatch-may-2017 June 23, 2017, 11:54 a.m. http://www.smallmedia.org.uk/news/filterwatch-may-2017 Filterwatch // April 2017 Executive SummaryThe May 2017 presidential elections saw President Hassan Rouhani comfortably gliding into his second term in office, having crushed conservative rival Ebrahim Raeisi by 57.1% to 38.3%. Following this victory, we take a moment to review the role of ICT policy in the election campaigns of the leading candidates, Raeisi and Rouhani. On the one hand, Rouhani presented a generally progressive vision of internet policy, highlighting his record of opposing censorship in the past four years, expanding access, and lowering costs. At the same time, Raeisi presented a tougher line on information controls, sidelined the internet’s ... http://www.smallmedia.org.uk/news/filterwatch-april-2017 June 9, 2017, 11:41 a.m. http://www.smallmedia.org.uk/news/filterwatch-april-2017 Filterwatch 2.4 // Social Media in Iran's Elections http://www.smallmedia.org.uk/news/filterwatch-24-social-media-in-irans-elections May 31, 2017, 12:03 p.m. http://www.smallmedia.org.uk/news/filterwatch-24-social-media-in-irans-elections