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The case for Net Neutrality in Iran

By Holly Dagres, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. “Please see this link,” Iran’s minister of information and communications technology replied on Twitter after an internet freedom activist confronted him about net neutrality. Typically, Iranian government officials would ignore such affronts on […]

New App to Combat Domestic Violence in Iran

A young US-based Kurdish lawyer has created a smartphone application to help victims of domestic violence in Iran. Shadi Sharifi, born in the Kurdistan Province of Iran (known as Rojhelat among Kurds) created the app having met numerous victims of domestic violence when she practiced law in Iran. Toranj, available free for Android, makes it […]

Surge in Downloads of Canadian VPN Tools

By John Lee. The Globe and Mail reports that recent protests in Iran are giving a boost to two Canadian companies offering virtual private networks (VPNs) and other software that can circumvent government censorship and surveillance. Ryan Dochuk, head of Toronto’s TunnelBear, said that the company’s software is being downloaded “en masse” in Iran. Another […]

Internet Censorship a Double-Edged Sword for Tehran

By Maysam Bizaer for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. “Everything stopped suddenly. We are literally out of work now,” Alireza, a 24-year-old university student living in Tehran, told Al-Monitor. He is among many Iranian online entrepreneurs who have suffered major financial losses in recent […]

Video: Iran Unblocks Telegram Messaging App

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran’s government has unblocked the popular social media app, Telegram. Activists had used it to share videos of anti-government protests not shown on state media. The government criticised the company for not filtering […]

IRGC Media Producers open New Front against Rouhani

By Dr. Narges Bajoghli for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. In a style typical of state television, a young interviewer stands on a sidewalk in a busy area and asks passersby their opinions about the recent outpouring of protests across Iran. A man […]

Media Workers warn of “Death of Independent Journalism”

By Zahra Alipour for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. “Working as a professional journalist is subject to obtaining a journalist’s license from the Media Governance Organization [MGO] of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” This sentence is part of Article 52 of the [MGO] Bill, […]

Israeli Tech puts Iranian Startups in Bind

By Bijan Khajehpour, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Israeli tech puts Iranian ride-hailing startups in bind Iran’s recent decision to once again block Waze, a mobile navigation app developed in Israel, has created a great deal of controversy in the country. The […]

Inside the world of Social Media Advertising in Iran

By Holly Dagres, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Fatemeh sits in the driver’s seat of the car with a PlayStation 4 on her lap. “Happy Birthday,” she shouts at her husband as he hops in the car. Mohamaad is ecstatic and asks […]

BBC Complains to UN on behalf of Persian Staff

The BBC has filed an urgent complaint to David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, on behalf of the staff of its BBC Persian service. The urgent complaint has also been sent to Asma Jahangir, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, […]

Iranian Sites Come Under Hacking Attacks

A number of Iranian websites came under a cyber-attack on Monday night, Iran’s Minister of Communication and Information Technology Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi confirmed. A group of hackers tried to target a number of Iranian sites last night in a defacement attack, Azari Jahromi said on Tuesday. He added that the attacks were foiled by […]

“Iran’s Facebook” Shuts Down

By John Lee. Iran’s oldest social media network is to close following years of conflict with censors. According to a report from AFP, company director Mohammad Javad Shakouri Moghadam said Cloob.com was entirely blocked three times and the last time it took 28 days to unblock it; he said the actions allowed foreign sites such […]

Korean Firm to Sell Navigational Aid Systems in Iran

By John Lee. Korea Airports Corporation (KAC) has reportedly signed an agency contract with Iran’s Tolid Malzomat Bargh (TMB) to have the company sell its navigational aid systems in Iran. According to Yonhap, TMB will sell its instrument landing system (ILS) and portable ILS/VOR Field Test Set (FTS), also known as a signal analyzer. (Source: […]

Iran to Block Israeli App?

By John Lee. Iran is reportedly prepared to block the traffic and navigation app Waze because it was created in Israel. According to Mobile World Live, the app was briefly blocked in the country in March, because it “raised concerns”, but the ban was soon revoked. Now the secretary of the ‎Committee for Determining Criminal […]

Iran, Turkey sign 4 Cooperation Pacts

Iran and Turkey have signed four Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) to deepen relations between the two countries: between the Iranian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance and the Turkish Ministry of Customs and Trade; between the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) and the Turkish Central Bank; between the National Library of Iran and the Turkish […]

Iran, South Africa Agree to Boost ICT Cooperation

Iran’s Minister of Communication and Information Technology Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi and his South African counterpart agreed to promote cooperation between the two countries in the area of information communication technology (ICT). In a meeting held on the sidelines of ITU Telecom World 2017, taking place in Busan, South Korea, Azari Jahromi and Azwihangwisi Faith […]

Iran files Lawsuit against Telegram founder

By Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The Telegram messaging application is the most popular mobile software in Iran, but it has always been on the verge of being blocked for various reasons. Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi, Tehran’s prosecutor general, has announced that the Iranian […]

Two Journalists Imprisoned since August: IFJ

From the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Two Iranian journalists have been imprisoned since August on charges of “acting against national security”. The IFJ joined its affiliate the Association of Iranian Journalists (AoIJ) in condemning their […]

Apple Removes all Iranian Apps from App Store

Apple Inc. has removed all Iranian apps from its App Store, a move the technology giant attributed to US economic sanctions, reports said. Popular apps for food delivery, ride-hailing and other services in Iran have been removed in recent weeks. Citing Iranian media, the Associated Press said the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant had removed all […]

Twitter to be Unblocked in Iran?

By John Lee. According to a report from The Associated Press, Iran’s new telecommunications minister, Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi (pictured), says Twitter has “officially announced readiness to talk with Iran for resolving the problems,” potentially leading the way to the unblocking of the service. Iran blocked Twitter, Facebook and YouTube following protests and violence over the […]