The murder of Neda Agha-Soltan is one of the most watched and viral videos and viscerally compelling stories that came out of Iran this year. Neda's mother was interviewed by the BBC recently. This is one answer. How would you like your daughter to be remembered? I don't want people to forget her. People - … Continue reading Neda Agha-Soltan’s mother speaks out
Deep packet inspection is bad under any regime, no matter how benevolent. When a regime such as Iran today gets access to technology with the potential of DPI, you have a justifiable uproar on far more serious and urgent implications than delayed music downloads. Global media over the past week pointed to Nokia and Siemens … Continue reading Nokia Siemens in Iran: Shame or all’s fair game for telcos?
Following up from my previous post on the use of new media and citizen journalism in Iran recently, I came across two more powerful examples today. Facebook it seems, in Persian, is now an important means of mobilising and disseminating information produced by polity and society opposed to the Presidential election outcome. The very fact … Continue reading Facebook and Google Maps in Iran
I've been inundated with links on how new media is helping us understand what's going on in Iran after its recently held Presidential elections. In order to understand the broader context of who uses new media in Iran, why and how, the Berkman Centre's Mapping Iran's Online Public is essential reading. A few articles on new … Continue reading Posts on Iran, new media and citizen journalism
There are a number of questions being asked as to why Indian über-geek and guru extrodinaire N.R. Narayana Murthy decided to withdraw from being the personal advisor to our President on IT matters due to 'personal reasons'. All is not lost. Given our close ties with Iran the President is well advised to get Iranian … Continue reading Why Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should be Mahinda Rajapakse’s IT advisor
"Given the repressive media environment in Iran today, blogs may represent the most open public communications platform for political discourse. The peer-to-peer architecture of the blogosphere is more resistant to capture or control by the state than the older, hub and spoke architecture of the mass media model." The very same could be said of … Continue reading Blogs and media censorship – Iran and Sri Lanka