Small Media Foundation Small media news feed IIIP // January 2017 Executive SummaryIn December 2016, Rouhani unveiled his long-awaited Charter of Citizens’ Rights, which contained a number of promises to protect human rights and freedom of expression in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Our feature this month assesses the Charter’s implications for internet freedom in the country, and questions the value of the document in the light of the limited implementation mechanisms that exist given the strength of the judiciary and Iran’s Supreme Leader. Also this month, we review the major developments in internet policy during January 2017. A month before the launch of the second phase of Iran ... Feb. 21, 2017, 3:18 p.m. Data Journalism Workshop This March, Iran Open Data is hosting a free one and a half day Data Journalism workshop in Central London. The workshop will be led by freelance journalist and data researcher George Arnett (formerly of The Guardian).Is this workshop for me?You’re knowledgeable about Iran and you’re either an experienced journalist or researcher who has published articles as a freelancer, staff reporter, or academic, or you’re a data analyst who loves finding narratives in numbers. If you satisfy both criteria, even better!What you’ll learnDuring this interactive workshop we’ll introduce useful tools for data ... Feb. 16, 2017, 5:09 p.m. Filterwatch 2 // Episode 1 – Iran's ICT Budget 2017/2018 Feb. 1, 2017, 10:53 a.m. IIIP // December 2016 IntroductionIn this month’s report, we take a look at the recently announced ICT budget for 1396 (March 2017 - March 2018). We’ll break down the government’s spending priorities, and discuss what the figures might suggest about President Rouhani’s commitment to cybersecurity, national infrastructure and budget transparency. With the presidential elections set for May 2017, this is the last budget under Rouhani’s current term, so we’ll also take a look at some of the key trends that have emerged over the period of his presidency.Executive SummaryKey FindingsIran’s ICT budget has been cut by 2 ... Jan. 26, 2017, 4:23 p.m. Supercharging Human Rights Defenders // East Africa Building off the success of our 2016 report ‘Supercharging Human Rights Advocates in the Levant’, the Small Media team is excited to announce our latest project in a whole new region. Making use of the practices we’ve developed in our work across the Middle East, Small Media is setting out to survey the cybersecurity landscape in East Africa. Over the course of this project, we aim assess the state of internet controls in the region, and support the development of a regional community of internet freedom researchers, digital security experts, and human rights defenders.Over recent years, regional civil ... Jan. 16, 2017, 5:43 p.m. Tug-of-War // The Battle for the Telecommunications Company of Iran On 13th December the Director of the government-run Privatisation Organization of Iran Mir Ali Ashraf Abdollah Pouri Hosseini announced that it was considering the cancellation of the Telecommunication Company of Iran’s privatisation agreement. As a result, the Revolutionary Guard (IRGC)-controlled Mobin Trust Consortium is at risk of losing its majority shareholder status in Iran’s largest telecoms company, reversing the largest ever transfer of Iranian state assets to an IRGC-affiliated organisation. If the POI follows through with its threat to bring the TCI back under government control, the Rouhani government may be empowered at the expense of Iran ... Dec. 21, 2016, 12:06 p.m. IIIP // November 2016 IntroductionUp until now, it has been easy to fall into the trap of thinking about the changing Iranian media landscape as a battle between native ‘old media’ – newspapers, radio, and state television – versus a globalising ‘new media’ – social media platforms, online news providers, and satellite TV broadcasters. Yet new domestic companies are also threatening a radical shake-up of the Iranian media sphere, and none more so than the country’s Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) providers.Unsurprisingly, the state broadcaster IRIB is eager to maintain its hegemonic influence over broadcasting in Iran, and has tried its best to maintain a tight ... Dec. 20, 2016, 1:29 p.m. IIIP // October 2016 Introduction Amidst all the seismic political shifts of 2016, it’s easy to forget that the year began amidst the bright optimism of the Iran nuclear deal. As the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action entered into force on January 16 2016, Iranians waited with bated breath for an influx of foreign capital and investment that would rejuvenate the economy, and reverse the crumbling standards of living they had enjoyed since international sanctions were first implemented. So far, there has been no such economic miracle, and the much-hyped tech sector continues to face systemic challenges to its development. In this month ... Nov. 24, 2016, noon Iran: The Road Ahead On October 21, Radio Zamaneh hosted its ten-year anniversary celebration Iran: The Road Ahead at Pakhuis de Zwijger in the heart of Amsterdam, attracting friends and partners from around the world. Founded in 2006, Radio Zamaneh began broadcasting as a Persian-language radio station, with the aim of providing high-quality independent news, and a channel for marginalised voices unable to secure representation in the Iranian media.Over the years Radio Zamaneh’s mission has expanded, as have their capabilities. Nowadays, the organisation undertakes a wide range of initiatives to support the practice of citizen journalism in Iran. At The Road Ahead ... Nov. 2, 2016, 12:49 p.m. Cockblocked! —  Iran’s Latest Crackdown on Internet Porn ICT Minister Mahmoud Vaezi.In the ongoing battle between Iran’s censors and its internet users, fights over pornographic (or “indecent”) content have always aroused strong feelings among conservatives. Former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spent millions of dollars and even enlisted the help of the Chinese government to try to stamp out internet porn in Iran once and for all, but his efforts never really bore fruit.Iran’s moderate President Hassan Rouhani and his ICT Ministry adopted a more flexible approach toward Internet users, fighting to improve connection speeds and the accessibility of foreign communication apps like Telegram and WhatsApp ... Nov. 1, 2016, 4:08 p.m. Filterwatch // Episode 9 - Trends in Iranian Internet Policy Producer: Mo HoseiniHost: Kyle BowenEditorial Advisor: James MarchantDesign: Richard KahwagiMusic by Longzijun Oct. 24, 2016, 10:34 a.m. 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.