To better understand internet censorship, shutdowns and other forms of information controls in Iran, this project will use innovative methods to document ongoing and event based information controls in Iran.

Findings will be released in a report at the end of the one-year project period. Using empirical data, the project will enable an evidence-based approach to the study of online information controls in Iran, with the possibility of expanding and replicating this methodology in other countries. Findings will also support efforts to raise awareness about information controls, and create opportunities for dialogue and accountability around these issues.

Addressed problems

  • Blocking, filtering, or modification of political, social, and/or religious content (including apps)
  • Restrictive Internet filtering by technical methods (IP blocking, DNS filtering, TCP RST, DPI, etc.)
  • Localized or nationwide communications shut down or throttling (Blackouts)
  • Physical intimidation, arrest, violence (including device seizure or destruction), and death for political or social reasons
  • Pro-government manipulation of online discussions (propaganda, imitation content, and/or sockpuppets)
  • Repressive surveillance or monitoring of communication
  • Policies, laws, or directives that increase surveillance, censorship, and punishment
  • Government practices that hold intermediaries (social networks or ISPs) liable for user content
  • Other
  • Technical attacks against government critics, journalists, and/or human rights organizations (Cyberattacks)


  • Research


  • Other
  • Youth
  • General public
  • Women
  • Sexual minorities
  • Ethnic minorities
  • Activists
  • Journalists
  • Advocacy groups/NGOs
  • Academia
  • Technologists
  • Entrepreneurs


  • Iran

Technology attributes

  • Other