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After the Green Movement: Internet Controls in Iran, 2009-2012
The Open Net Initiative publish a new report into internet controls in Iran.
Iran  ONI  censorship  control  bh 
february 2013 by osi_info_program
Mapping Iran Online - Richard Rogers, Esther Weltevrede, Sabine Niederer and Erik Borra
The research inquires into the liveliness of the Iranian web in times of censorship as well as oppression of voices critical to the regime. It offers a general approach to studying a "national web," and its health, by measuring the freshness and responsiveness of websites significant to a particular country. It also inquires into the effects of censorship in Iran on (critical) content production, with the lead question being whether censorship kills content. We have found an Iranian web that is fresh and responsive, despite widespread blockage of key websites. Secondly, we have found indications of routine censorship circumvention by Iranian web users. Finally, for the period of study (2009-2011), language critical of the regime continues to be published online, and its incidence has risen over time.
public_sphere  censorship  Iran 
april 2012 by osi_info_program
Iran arrests wave of bloggers, writers and programmers | Sci-Tech | Deutsche Welle | 24.01.2012
Iran's Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi said the arrested bloggers and writers had "envisaged carrying out American plans to disrupt the parliamentary elections by using cyberspace and social networks."
iran  freedom_of_speech  censorship  news  bh 
january 2012 by osi_info_program
Iran: Smile, the Regime is Reading Your Emails · Global Voices
A growing number of Iranian bloggers expressed their anxieties after learning that their Gmail inboxes may have been an open book for the Iranian state to read and target dissidents for the last two months.
iran  google  gmail  certification_authority  globalvoices 
september 2011 by osi_info_program
Internet Security Savvy is Critical as Egyptian Government Blocks Websites, Arrests Activists in Response to Continued Protest - Global Voices Advocacy
"The concern here is clear—if the street protests subside, the Mubarak government could initiate a campaign of retaliation and oppression, arresting and harassing the very bloggers and activists who have been chronicling the protests online. Some countries have gone even further. In Iran two opposition activists were hanged this week for taking pictures and video of the Green Revolution protests and posting them online. Given the potential dangers, it is absolutely critical that Egyptian protesters take precautions when communicating online."
egypt  censorship  tunisia  iran 
february 2011 by osi_info_program
Iran slams 'mischievous' WikiLeaks: News24: World: News
"Iran hit out on Tuesday at whistleblower website WikiLeaks describing as "mischievous" the disclosure of classified US military documents detailing assessments of its role in neighbouring Iraq."
iran  wikileaks  whistleblowing  news 
november 2010 by osi_info_program
Holding Nokia Responsible for Surveilling Dissidents in Iran | Electronic Frontier Foundation
The EFF provide in-depth analysis of a case currently being brought by an Iranian dissident against Nokia, for providing the Iranian government with surveillance assistance. "Nokia's public statements, however, are sharply different than those it has made in court, where it had boldly claimed that because it is a corporation, it is categorically immune from responsibility for its role in aiding and abetting torture and illegal arrest."
eff  iran  internetfreedomtm  nokia  surveillance  oped 
october 2010 by osi_info_program
EU calls Stuxnet 'paradigm shift' as U.S. responds more mildly | InSecurity Complex - CNET News
"While official U.S. response has been comparatively mild, the European Union's cybersecurity agency says Stuxnet represents a "paradigm shift" in critical infrastructure threats and that current defense philosophies need to be reconsidered."
iran  cybersecurity  cyberwar 
october 2010 by osi_info_program
Technology Review: A Way to Attack Nuclear Plants
"For the last few months, a sophisticated computer worm has wriggled its way between some of the most critical control systems in the world. The timing of the worm's release, combined with several clues buried in its code, has led some experts to speculate that the worm, dubbed Stuxnet, was originally designed to sabotage an Iranian nuclear facility, possible the enrichment plant in Natanz, roughly 180 miles south of Tehran. This week, officials in Iran confirmed that Stuxnet had been found on systems inside the plant, although they denied that it had caused any harm."
hacking  cybersecurity  iran 
september 2010 by osi_info_program
Hay-what? | Net Effect
A tour de force from Evgeny, in which he ends up comparing Haystack to Blackwater. Priceless also for the response from Austin Heap in the comments below, which unwittingly goes some way to confirm most of Evgeny's key points.
haystack  internetfreedomtm  iran  censorship 
september 2010 by osi_info_program
Iranian activist sues telecoms firm over 'spying system' | World news | The Guardian
"Isa Saharkhiz to sue Nokia Siemens Networks for selling Tehran means to monitor opposition's mobile phone conversations"
iran  internetfreedomtm  gni  surveillance  csr 
august 2010 by osi_info_program
Global Voices in English » United Kingdom: Video Tagging to protest Nokia’s Actions in Iran
Interview with artist Deena DeNaro about her recent "subvertising" highlighting Nokia's involvement in shipping censorship and surveillance technology to Iran.
art  nokia  iran  internetfreedomTM  censorship  surveillance 
july 2010 by osi_info_program
Iran's Revolutionary Guards Claim "Iranian Cyber Army" | Eurasia Review
"A senior Revolutionary Guards Corps commander admitted that the “Iranian Cyber Army” looks to the Revolutionary Guards for direction.

The group which has been identifying itself as the “Iranian Cyber Army” is a group of internet hackers that have been responsible for invading a series of internet websites including Radio Zamaneh."
iran  cybersecurity  cyberwar  news 
may 2010 by osi_info_program
FRONTLINE: Tehran Bureau: A Kafkaesque Realm of Cyber Censorship | PBS
Censorship viewed from the Iranian hardline - interesting article about blog censorship in Iran: "Recently, several well-known hardline weblogs were caught in the censor's dragnet, prompting righteous howls of indignation from contributors and readers alike. In a bizarre twist, Mehdi Sarami, the man nominally in charge of "Internet filtering," admits he is largely powerless to ensure that pro-government sites do not continue to run into censorship trouble."
iran  censorship  filtering  freeexpression 
may 2010 by osi_info_program
Iran to Permanently Suspend gMail - WSJ
Iran's telecommunication agency have announced that it will permanently suspend Google's Gmail email service, and roll out an official national email service to replace it. An Iranian official is reported to have explained the move as a measure to boost local development of internet services, and to build trust between the people of Iran and their government, but critics fear that any national service would leave the Iranian government in possession of the email content of its citizens, which it could use to identify and target those who dissent from the regime. A Google spokesperson confirmed a sharp drop of traffic to Gmail from Iran.
email  Iran  surveillance  censorship  google  news 
february 2010 by osi_info_program
Iran, Facebook, and the Limits of Online Activism - By Cameron Abadi | Foreign Policy
Feb 11 will be remembered by Iran's activists as a disappointment, not a triumph. Despite grand plans to highlight the Green movement during the celebrations  of the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, the presence of activists was muted at best. The author of this piece argues that so-called "horizontal" organization models facilitated by internet tools like Facebook, by blogs, and by SMS campaigns, can only take the movement so far: "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...social movements on this scale are not a sprint, but a marathon"
activism  socialmedia  iran  oped 
february 2010 by osi_info_program

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