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Thursday, May 17 • 09:00 - 10:15
Tightening the Net: The case of Internet Controls in Iran

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We want to discuss the most pressing concerns that inhibit the free use of the Internet in Iran, whether coming from the Iranian government (i.e. projects like National Information Network; arrests of Internet users; etc.) or from other actors such as the foreign technology companies (i.e. Apple), or the US government (OFAC sanctions). Using the expertise of the ARTICLE19 team, we will discuss our findings and advocacy from the past year's work with "Tightening the Net", and discuss ways forward to affect change both from the Iranian government and from international forums (i.e. UN mechanisms such as ITU; work with the UN special rapporteur). This discussion will endeavour to encapsulate the wider challenges for digital rights in the MENA region and beyond.

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Mahsa Alimardani

Mahsa Alimardani is senior researcher on MENA at ARTICLE19 and a doctoral candidate at the University of Oxford’s Oxford Internet Institute.

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Simin Kargar

Human Rights Lawyer, Berkman Klein Center
Simin Kargar is a human rights lawyer with a focus on the interrelations of technology and human rights. She studies harmful speech online, gender-based violence and technology, and the interplays of social media, power and new propaganda. In addition, Simin investigates how discourses... Read More →

Keith McManamen

Strategic Analyst, Psiphon

Thursday May 17, 2018 09:00 - 10:15 EDT