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Iran tries to Control Messaging Apps

By John Lee. Iran’s Supreme Council of Cyberspace has ordered that instant messaging apps must store data about Iranian users inside the country, according to a report from BBC News. Firms have been given one year to comply with the ruling, which campaign group Privacy International described it as “extremely worrying”. Iran’s most popular messaging […]

Has the Iran-Saudi Cyberwar already started?

By Arash Karami, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Numerous Iranian media outlets reported May 25 that the website The Statistical Center of Iran (pictured) was hacked and temporarily put out of use. News agencies wrote that the hackers were “outside of Iran” […]

Full List of MoUs signed between India and Iran

Full list of memoranda of understanding signed during the visit of the Indian Prime Minister to Iran: Title of MoU Description Signatory from Indian side Signatory from Iran side 1. India-Iran Cultural Exchange Programme The objective is to extend the CEP for the period 2016-2019 covering the areas of culture and art; radio, TV, mass […]

Time to Tame Iran’s Lawless Publishing Sector?

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. Foreign authors objecting to their books being translated and published in Iran without their consent is nothing new. Even before Atiq Rahimi, authors such as John Barth, J. M. Coetzee, Gabriel García Márquez and […]

More on Resignation of Head of Iranian Broadcaster

By Arash Azizi, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The real ‘back pain’ behind head of Iranian broadcaster’s resignation Among the buildings lining the northernmost stretch of Tehran’s legendary Valiasr Avenue stands an imposing glass structure that is home to one of the […]

Head of Iran TV resigns after just 18 months

By Arash Karami for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appointed Abdul Ali Asghari as the new head of Iran’s national television, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB). The previous head of IRIB, Mohammad Sarafraz (pictured), […]

Work begins on Iran – Azerbaijan Rail Bridge

By John Lee. A ground-breaking ceremony was held on the Iranian-Azerbaijani border last week to mark the start of construction on a railway bridge across the Astarachay river, which will link the two countries. According to a report from International Railway Journal, the dual-gauge (1520mm and 1435mm gauge) bridge will connect the Azerbaijan Railways (ADY) […]

Iran’s Pasta Holding, Italy’s Itway Sign Deal

Itway SpA, an Italy-based holding company, has signed an agreement with Iran’s Pasta Holding to develop common network projects in the Islamic Republic following the removal anti-Iran sanctions. According to a report carried by Reuters on Wednesday, the agreement aims to identify and develop common projects in Iran in the fields of Networking, Data Center, […]

Tightening the Net: Iran’s National Internet Project

ARTICLE 19 has launched the first part of the ‘Tightening the Net‘ series, a report which explores Iran’s National Internet Project, analysing its history and development, its ramifications for freedom of expression online, and offering recommendations to the Iranian government, as well as private investors and technology companies that may be investing in digital development […]

Islamic Reporting Initiative expands Board of Directors

The foundation for the Islamic Reporting Initiative (IRI) has appointed two new members to its Board of Directors; senior academic Dr Abdel-Aziz Sharabati and the award-winning entrepreneur Ms Amal Daraghmeh-Masri (pictured). Established in December 2015, the foundation has been set up to provide funding for the IRI, which is headquartered in the United Arab Emirates. […]

China’s EXIM bank to fund Iran projects

By John Lee. The Export-Import Bank of China (EXIM) is set to provide funds for the development of the Iranian petrochemical and telecommunication projects, following an agreement with Iran’s Bank Tejarat. Bank Tejarat has reportedly announced in a statement that the next segments that could benefit from the scheme are the automobile industry as well […]

Major Iranian Cities to get 4G Mobile Phone Services

By John Lee. Iran’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology has said his ministry will provide major cities with fourth generation mobile phone services. Mahmoud Vaezi (pictured) told IRNA that other cities will receive the third generation services. (Source: IRNA)

Iran Announces Plans for Social Media Monitoring

By Arash Karami, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran’s Supreme Council of Cyberspace announces plans for social media monitoring The Feb. 26 parliamentary elections are the first elections to take place in Iran during which Telegram will be, by far, the most-used […]

Films offer Insight into Life in Iran

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Five years ago a film from Iran won the top prize at the Berlin Film Festival. Now, as Nadim Baba reports, there’s a whole wave of Iranian movie makers trying to show the […]

Iran MP: We’ve Created Artificial Red Lines on Free Speech

By Arash Karami, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Official campaigning for the Feb. 26 Iran parliamentary elections will begin Feb. 18 and last until Feb. 25, according to official election bodies. However, as is the norm in Iranian politics, unofficial campaigning has […]

How one Messaging App is Changing Iranian Media

By Saeid Jafari, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. “A grandson of the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran has been disqualified from running for the Assembly of Experts”; “The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action has reached a deadlock”; “The bodybuilding […]

Korea to help Rebuild Telecom Network

By John Lee. IRNA quotes Iran’s Telecommunication Network spokesman Davoud Zareian as saying that some of the required equipment to develop the network has been purchased and Korean experts will help to build it. Some of the equipment purchased in the tender has been used in the Razavi Khorasan, Fars and Azerbaijan provinces. He added […]

The First Gathering of Iran’s e-Business Leaders

The First Gathering of Iran’s e-Business Leaders brought together top Iranian e-Business community members including Iranian Information Technology Organization, E-Business Consortium (Founded by e-act.ir), Digikala, BeepTunes, Netbarg, Aparat, Akhbar Rasmi Media Agency, Anetwork Digital Media Agency, Esam, Pardakht.ir, Lavan and other high-profile figures in the field of Iran’s e-Business. At the beginning of the ceremony, Khosro […]

Iran, Finland to Expand ICT Cooperation

Iran and Finland on Tuesday discussed ways of expanding bilateral ties in the field of information and communications technology, said the minister of communications and information technology. ‘ICT cooperation between Iran and Finland will increase in the areas of software as well as research and development,’ Mahmoud Vaezi (pictured) said after a meeting with the […]