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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.
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Facebook Unfiltering Under Investigation

Facebook Unfiltering Under Investigation | Iran CyberWatch | Scoop.it
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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.

 

Read more about recent changes on Iran’s online media landscape here: https://asl19.org/en/moderation-of-irans-online-media-landscape/

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Jeans Campaign in Iran in response to Netanyahu's interview

Jeans Campaign in Iran in response to Netanyahu's interview | Iran CyberWatch | Scoop.it
Being the first Israeli leader to hold an interview with a Persian network would otherwise be a chance to get closer to the Iranian nation, but for Prime Minister Netanyahu the whole plan backfired...
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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/07/world/middleeast/netanyahu-ridiculed-after-an-appeal-to-iranian-youth.html

 

 

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Rouhani: Iranians should have access to Twitter and Facebook.

Rouhani: Iranians should have access to Twitter and Facebook. | Iran CyberWatch | Scoop.it

Photo taken from Hassan Rouhani's Twitter account.

CLCyberWatch's insight:

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.

 

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US officials accuse Iran hackers of breaking into Navy's computers

US officials accuse Iran hackers of breaking into Navy's computers | Iran CyberWatch | Scoop.it
Oh, how times have changed. Almost a year ago, Iranian officials claimed the country was suffering from constant internet-based attacks. Now, according.
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CNN website unfiltered in Iran.

خبرگزاری آمریکایی CNN از ساعاتی پیش در آی‌پی‌های کاربران ایرانی رفع فیلتر شده است.
CLCyberWatch's insight:

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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IBM purchases Israeli cybersecurity company - Christian Science Monitor

IBM purchases Israeli cybersecurity company - Christian Science Monitor | Iran CyberWatch | Scoop.it
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IBM purchases Israeli cybersecurity company
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Enlarge. International Business Machines purchased the Israeli cybersecurity company, Trusteer, helping IBM add another layer against hackers.
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National Information Network (NIN) Project Expedited

National Information Network (NIN) Project Expedited | Iran CyberWatch | Scoop.it
CLCyberWatch's insight:

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.

 

Read more about the National Informtion Network here; https://citizenlab.org/2012/11/irans-national-information-network/

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Temporarily unfiltering of Facebook in Iran.

Temporarily unfiltering of Facebook in Iran. | Iran CyberWatch | Scoop.it
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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.

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30 Internet Cafes shut down in city Qazvin

30 Internet Cafes shut down in city Qazvin | Iran CyberWatch | Scoop.it
CLCyberWatch's insight:

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.

Read more: https://asl19.org/en/fata-polices-internet-cafes-with-20-new-regulations/

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Iranian President on Twitter

Iranian President on Twitter | Iran CyberWatch | Scoop.it
The latest from Hassan Rouhani (@HassanRouhani). Iranian President's Sole English Account ¦ Persian @Rouhani_ir ¦ media@rouhani.ir. Tehran, Iran
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Rouhani's online actitivies have become one of the main topics of discussions lately. The ltest example is the exchange of tweets between Rouhani and Twitter founder about Iran's ban on social networks. (Photo: http://asset1.cbsistatic.com/cnwk.1d/i/tim2/2013/10/01/Screen_Shot_2013-10-01_at_2.25.06_PM.png)

 

Previously, Rohani used his Twitter account to tweet, in English, best wishes for the new year to Iranian Jews in particular, and to Jews around the world in general.

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Arrested blogger to get defence lawyer - Times of Oman

Arrested blogger to get defence lawyer - Times of Oman | Iran CyberWatch | Scoop.it
Arrested blogger to get defence lawyer
Times of Oman
It said Al Saadi was arrested on lèse majesté charges following a warning issued by the Public Prosecution.
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Bahrain student sentenced for insulting king

Bahrain student sentenced for insulting king | Iran CyberWatch | Scoop.it
High school pupil Ali Al Shofa sent to prison for one year for insulting Gulf island's ruler via Twitter.
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