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[liberationtech] Launch of Small Media’s "Iranian Internet Infrastructure and Policy" Report

Collin Anderson collin at
Wed Jan 30 09:12:03 PST 2013


This week, Small Media published its first monthly report on the state and
events of the Iranian Internet. I hope it may be of interest to a number of

Iran's infrastructure development and censorship is an ever fluid
situation, so the report tries to track the history that occurs between
when institutions are able to produce their more comprehensive, yearly

The tools and resources available to civil society have matured in the past
couple of years, bringing new avenues for deep research and accountability.
Since this list is a diverse environment, I want to encourage others look
at opportunities to document what happens in their respective contexts to
make sure that there is a record being kept.

Comments and feedback is useful -- in private, on the list, or in a


Dear Friends,

Over the past decade, the Telecommunications Company of Iran has asserted
control over the content that is accessible to domestic Internet users.
Under the auspices of morality of state security, these significant
restrictions parallel those imposed by the state on offline media. While
popular accounts in the foreign press depict Iran’s filtering regime as a
battle waged between the government and the influence of democratisation,
2012 has made all too clear the extent to which censorship applies to the
whole of society, from economic affairs and internal factionalism between
conservative rivalries to environmental deterioration and ethnic rivalries.

Building a more rich understanding of this milieu is critical, because it
paves the way for a fuller understanding of why opposition to the current
administration of the Internet transcends circles of activism. To this end,
Small Media is launching the "Iranian Internet Infrastructure and Policy
Report", a monthly report that aims to provide a rounded perspective on the
state of Internet control in Iran. You can download the report
report is the product of collaboration between talented researchers from
diverse backgrounds. We attempt to balance being accessible to a
non-technical or non-Iran-oriented audience with our desire to ensure that
the specific details of important events are thoroughly accounted for. We
believe that we can prepare for the future only when we have understood the

We are also planning to host a conference call after the publication of
each report to discuss the findings. The discussion for the first report is
scheduled for 1600 GMT on Friday, the 1st of February. If you would like to
participate in this call, please register your interest

Many thanks,

Collin Anderson (Editor) & Small Media

*Collin David Anderson* | @cda | Washington, D.C.
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