The Berkman Center community has been paying close attention to the role of the Internet and cell phones in the post-election demonstrations in Iran.
The OpenNet Initiative (ONI) has just released a new survey
of Internet filtering and online content controls in Iran, which
details the most recent instances of censorship and provides a basic
framework for understanding the legal, technical and institutional
mechanisms of filtering in Iran.
In the blog post, "Cracking Down on Digital Communication and Political Organizing in Iran", ONI offers a rundown of the suppressive measures being taken by the Iranian government in the wake of the controversial presidential election and explains how the growing role of the Internet and mobile phones in Iranian politics has been met with the government tightening its reigns around digital technologies.
Many important Web
sites have been blocked over the past couple of days, including the Web
sites of the opposition parties in Iran, Facebook, Twitter, and
YouTube. While political organizers have learned to leverage the
organizing power of Web 2.0 tools, government censors in Iran are quick
to shut them down when they are most effective. None of this is
surprising; it reflects similar events seen in many places around the
Although Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are currently blocked in Iran, many Iranians have been using proxies
to bypass filters and report up-to-the-minute news. Iranian authorities
have also blocked SMS text messages, and are also filtering several
news websites reflecting reformist opinions. CONTINUED...
Global Voices Online has been providing special coverage of the Iranian elections since April. Checkout their complete coverage here.