Research

The Impact of Social Media in Times of Crisis

Brought to you by the Iran Media Program and ASL19 In the past few weeks, social networking websites have seen an increased amount of online activities by Iranian Internet users. The recent earthquake in the East Azerbaijan province has resulted in a resurgence of Iranian users in cyberspace. This new wave of online movement, which has drawn pundits’ attention, is explained in more details of this report.

By cgcs_admin
Tue Aug 28
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New wave of filtering targets conservatives’ and fundamentalists' websites

Before disagreements and tensions increased between conservatives and fundamentalists, reformists and their websites, newspapers, and magazines were the main target of censorship and filtering. However, since the final year of Ahmadinejad’s first term of presidency (2008-2009), media censorship has also been imposed on conservatives and fundamentalists. IMP and ASL 19 analyze the new wave of website filtering.

By cgcs_admin
Tue Jul 31
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Analysis: The Censorship of Financial News and Online Censorship due to Blasphemous Content

Iranian media censorship has extended to financial news. Despite the sudden and significant increase of the dollar and gold in the last few days, IRIB has not reported on the issue. According to a report by Baztab News Agency, news of currency prices will not be published by state media. The report suggests that a set of guidelines on this issue has been sent to broadcasters and program directors. In other news, over the past few weeks, there have been increasing reports of censorship in the Iranian cyberspace. Such censorship is not new to Iranian Internet users; however, what is unique about this recent crackdown is that much of the censorship is not a response to political activity, but rather a crackdown on blasphemy. A summary of some of the reports that were released in the last month can be found below. IMP and ASL examine the events.

By cgcs_admin
Tue Jul 17
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Cartoons as Iranian political speech by Prof. Babak Rahimi

As a distinct media culture, political cartoons identify a powerful mode of commentary which can reframe serious issues through parody and change public perceptions of politics. Also as an inherently ambiguous medium, political cartoons have maintained enormous popularity throughout population centers since the early modern era, especially among the uneducated segments for their capacity to express complex issues through visual techniques of humor. Authoritarian states typically tolerate cartoons as kind of popular steam valve by which discontent can be vented in a controlled way, as long as certain red lines are not crossed. Cartoonists do manage, however, to violate these limits and upset ruling regimes in this ambiguous aesthetic space.

By cgcs_admin
Wed Jun 6
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Analysis: New law could require Iranian news agencies to publish their sources

On April 21st, the Tenth Government (President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s cabinet) proposed new legislation that would require news agencies to cite their sources and obliges the Ministry of Communications to filter websites of news agencies, if ordered by the Press Supervisory Board. Also, those news agencies and E-publications whose activities are deemed to be against the provisions of the Press Law and the proposed legislation cannot be registered nor hosted by hosting and digital service providers. The legislation also requires the directors of the news agencies to provide the Ministry of Culture with copies of their agency’s works over the course of each month, in CD form. The IMP and ASL 19 examine the debate.

By Anonymous
Thu May 17
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IMP funds for Independent research projects

The Iran Media Program is pleased to announce funding for independent research projects which enliven and enhance an understanding of the contemporary Iranian media environment. The IMP takes a broad view of the term ‘media’ and is open to considering all proposal which focus on information flows and communication processes at different levels. Funding is for a maximum of $5,000 for short (1-2) month projects. Deliverable is a submission-ready journal article or report suitable for publishing. Please send a CV and a 1-2 page research proposal related to the study of the Iranian mediascape to iranmedia@asc.upenn.edu. Proposal should include a summary of proposed research with a preliminary timeline, methodology, and description of final research product/output.

By Anonymous
Thu Apr 26
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Numbers which make the News – Arash Abadpour

This document describes the online seminar series “Number which make the news”. These seminars were held by the Iran Media Program in October and November of 2011. The language of the seminars was Persian and the attendants were selected from bloggers, activists, and journalists who work on Iran issues. This document is organized as follows. First, Section 1 describes the purpose of these seminars. Then, in Sections 2 and 3, the audience of the seminars and the presentation format are outlined. The document continues with Section 4 which contains description of the contents of the seminars and Section 5 which covers the feedback received from the audience. Finally, Section 6 provides the concluding remarks and a list of suggestions for future work. At the end of this document there is an appendix. This section contains the outlines of the individual seminars. Additionally, this section also contains the list of the pieces authored and published by members of the audience of these seminars, as the members were required to participate in the program. The majority of web addresses provided in the footnotes of this document are in Persian. These addresses point to reference material used throughout the presentations or content produced by audience members. In many cases an English excerpt is provided where the reference is made.

By Anonymous
Mon Mar 5
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