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12 Reformist Telegram Channel Admins Arrested in Iran Ahead of May 2017 Election

12 Reformist Telegram Channel Admins Arrested in Iran Ahead of May 2017 - Iranian security forces arrested 12 administrators of reformist-aligned Telegram channels on March 14-16, 2017, deleted the channels' content and changed their names.

Memo to Tech and Social Media Companies: Allow Iranians Access to Online Tools  —Major technology and social media companies should stop barring Iranians from buying or accessing personal communications tools and services that are not banned by any sanctions, and make immediately available to Iranians the full range of permissible items, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) and ASL19 said in a joint statement today.

Intelligence Ministry Cracks Down on Alleged “Anti-Revolutionary” Telegram Channels

A screenshot of the heavily edited alleged video “confession” of a man identified as “Shahin.” - In the latest crackdown by hardliners against popular social media applications in Iran, the Intelligence Ministry has detained several channel administrators of Telegram. Hardline domestic news outlets have subsequently aired admins' alleged video "confessions."

Iran’s Telegram Registration Requirement Widens Governmental Snooping Powers

Iran’s Telegram Registration Requirement Widens Governmental Snooping Powers - In the latest attempt by Iran's security and intelligence establishments to censor and control internet usage in Iran, administrators of popular Iranian-owned channels on the widely used Telegram application are now being required to register with the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance or face prosecution.

Iran’s Cyber Police Tries to Control Popular Social Media App Telegram with Hacking, Permits - A state crackdown on social media ahead of Iran's 2017 presidential election has resulted in the Cyber Police (FATA) requiring Iranian-owned channels with more than 5,000 followers on the country's most popular messaging application, Telegram, to seek official permits. Meanwhile, several Iranian-owned Telegram channels have been hacked by state agents, according to an investigation by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

Ten Things You Should Know About Iran’s Multi-Billion Dollar National Internet Project - A few months after the Iranian government launched the first phase of its "national information network" (NIN), many questions still surround Iran's domestically hosted, state-controlled and censored internet.

Woman Sentenced to 6 years in Prison for Unpublished Story and Facebook Posts Rejects Prison Summons - Four months after her husband was unexpectedly forced to begin serving his 19-year prison sentence for his peaceful activism, Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee has refused to abide by a verbal order via telephone to report to Evin Prison to begin serving a six-year prison sentence for writing an unpublished story about burning the Koran and for her Facebook posts. Co-defendant

Hackers Exploit Android Phone Security Flaw to Target Activists - Suspected state-sponsored hackers have intensified their attempts to break into the online accounts of Iranian rights activists in recent weeks by exploiting security vulnerabilities in Android smartphones, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned.

Iran Inaugurates Its Own Intranet

Image result for iran internetRFL/RE - Iran's official news agency reports the country has launched the first phase of its National Network of Data, an attempt by Tehran to create its own Intranet.

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