Filterwatch: Internet Freedom in Iran

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Filterwatch: Internet Freedom in Iran
Presenter(s) Mo Hoseini
Title(s) Researcher
Organization(s) Small Media Foundation
Project(s) Filterwatch
Country(ies) United Kingdom
Social media @small_media @MohammadHoseini
2017 theme Internet Freedom: Present and Future

This session is comprised of three components:

Component #1 – Internet Freedom Under Rouhani: The session will open with a 15 minute presentation assessing the current state of Internet freedom in Iran under President Hassan Rouhani’s administration.

This opening presentation will be heavily based upon Small Media’s existing series of monthly reports documenting Iranian Internet policy and infrastructure development, and the accompanying podcasts, Filterwatch. We will discuss developments in policy under President Rouhani, and judge the greatest advances and reversals in Internet freedom over the past four years.

Component #2 – Future Prospects for Internet Freedom: In this part of the session we will spend 30 minutes discussing likely developments in Iranian Internet policy as the 2017 presidential election approaches. This discussion will be partly based on the initial results of Small Media’s upcoming research project focusing on social media usage ahead of the elections. We will discuss this topic in partnership with a number of other Internet freedom organisations. Confirmed speakers and guests include:

Session moderator: James Marchant - Research manager at Small Media Foundation Mahsa Alimardani - Iran Program Officer at Article 19 Amin Sabeti - Senior Manager at Small Media Foundation Mehdi Yahyanejad -Founder of Balatarin.com (Persian news aggregator website) Component #3 – Any Questions?: The last part of this session will consist of a 15 minute Q&A session, in which attendees will get a chance to ask questions about the state of Internet freedom in Iran, and other aspects of censorship in the country.


Format Panel Discussion
Target Groups Internet freedom activist, journalist and policy maker
Length 1 hour
Skill Level Novice
Language English


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