Category: Cyber Front

Mahmoud Vaezi

Iran communication ministry’s terrifying proposals for changing Iranian cyberspace

Iranian Internet users could soon be forced to give up their online anonymity and restricted to content based on their professional identity, if proposals by Iran’s communication ministry is realised. However, these attempts by the Islamic Republic to master cyberspace and control what Iranian users do there may be doomed to failure in the long-term….


Iran human rights chief talks Internet, compares filter-evaders to thieves

The secretary of the Islamic Republic’s judiciary human rights staff gives insight into regime views of the Internet and its future in Iran. Mohammad-Javad Larijani, the secretary of the judiciary human rights staff, recently gave an illuminating interview on the Internet in Iran which may be indicative of key aspects of the Islamic Republic’s approach…

Iran Cyber Front: The battle over WhatsApp, Viber, and Tango

Iran Cyber Front: The battle over WhatsApp, Viber, and Tango

In a mark of the ongoing struggle between President Hassan Rouhani, who was elected on a platform of reform over one year ago, and conservative adversaries who dominate much of the Iranian political system, the Iranian judiciary has called on the presidential administration to ban or at least bring under stricter control a number of…

Rouhani at the Fourth ICT Festival

Rouhani and Iranian conservatives’ battle over cyberspace escalates

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s recent speech on cyber-freedoms is significant and unprecedented in the Islamic Republic. But he will have to go beyond mere words to prove his administration’s commitment to keeping his cyber-promises, even in the faces of strong conservative obstruction, if he is to maintain the support of Iranian moderates. Rouhani makes unprecedented…


WhatsApp ban update: Rouhani administration clashes with Internet censor

The saga over the banning of the popular smart phone application WhatsApp in Iran enters a new phase as the Hassan Rouhani administration clashes with the Working Group on Detecting Criminal Content over who has the authority to regulate cyberspace in Iran. The battle within the Islamic Republic of Iran over who controls Iranian cyberspace…


Iran blocks WhatsApp under Hassan Rouhani’s watch

WhatsApp, the popular mobile telephone texting and voice chat app, has been blocked in Iran. While the official reason cited by Iranian officials has been WhatsApp’s recent purchase by Facebook, the decision may have also been taken by Iranian hardliners to discredit President Hassan Rouhani, whose successful election campaign depended heavily on cyberspace and promises…


Iran Cyber Front: Culture minister signals possible changes in Iran’s cyber policies

Could the Islamic Republic of Iran be taking a new approach to cyberspace, and some media freedoms more broadly? It is perhaps too soon to tell, but recent comments by the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati have raised hopes that the regime may in fact be moving in this direction. Speaking to…


Iran Cyber Front: Rouhani’s cyber promises – Can, will he deliver?

Even before his surprise win in the 2013 Iranian presidential campaign, Hassan Rouhani had given indications that, if elected, he intended to improve Internet conditions in Iran. It wasn’t only Rouhani and his supporters’ enthusiastic use of social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter, which the web-savvy candidate had mastered much better than his presidential…

Khamenei Facebook

Iran Cyber Front: Khamenei likes Facebook

On 13 December 2013, the official website of Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Center for Preserving and Publishing the Works of Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei, created a community page on Facebook. This has caused quite a stir in the Western media, which took great interest in this action given the Islamic Republic…

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Iranian move to filter Gmail reflects attacks on Google and freedom of speech internationally

Could the filtering of Gmail in Iran this week mean that phase two of the Islamic Republic’s “national information network” (NIN) project is on the way? Last week the Iranian government implemented phase one of its NIN project, which disconnected thousands of government computers from the World Wide Web and instead connected them to Iran’s…