The Citizen Lab's CyberWatch publications monitor trends and developments on the intersection of information communications technologies (ICTs), global security, and human rights.
Iran CyberWatch specifically discusses censorship and filtering, surveillance, blogger and netizen arrests and more in Iran.
On Monday, in an unofficial interview, the Minister of Communication and Information Technology (ICT) Mahmoud Vaezi denied any official plans to legalize Facebook and Twitter.
Ministry of ICT later on issued a statement to clarify that a working committee independent to the Ministry of ICT was investigating whether the sites should be unblocked. This independent committee will share its recommendations with the public once it finishes its investigation.
While conservative figures continue to call social networking sites “weapons of soft war against Iran,” President Rouhani has, on several occasions, made statements supporting easing Internet censorship. As top government officials including President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif have an active social media presence, there is increased optimism about Twitter and Facebook being unblocked.
Photo taken from Hassan Rouhani's Twitter account.
In an exclusive interview with Ann Curry, of NBC News in Tehran, President Rouhani explained the view point of his government with regards to Internet censorship. Rouhani stated "The viewpoint of the government is that the people must have full access to all information worldwide." He also added that "a commission for citizens' rights" would be established too.
خبرگزاری آمریکایی CNN از ساعاتی پیش در آیپیهای کاربران ایرانی رفع فیلتر شده است.
The CNN website was unblocked September 28, allowing Iranian internet users to access its content without the use of circumvention software. The CNN website, along with Reuters and BBC News, was filtered in the wake of the disputed 2009 presidential elections. Of the three news sites, the BBC is the only website that remains inaccessible in Iran.
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According to an announcement from the Minister of Communication and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi, the Ministry of ICT has been working steadily on the National Information Network (intranet), and has decided to expedite its implementation. A working committee formed and led by the Deputy Minister of ICT and head of the Information Technology Organization is tasked with connecting government organizations, private businesses, and 60% of all households to the NIN.
On September 19, western media reporters and Internet users from Tehran reported Facebook and Twitter are being accessed without the use of VPNs. According to the officials the unfiltered access was a “technical glitch” and normal filtering practices have been resumed.
According to Iran’s Cyber Police (FATA), about 22 percent of Iranian Internet users in 2012 accessed the Internet through these cafés. Given the popularity of these spaces, authorities have been attempting to control them as early as 2006, through policies such as segregating business hours for men and women.
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