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University of Pennsylvania

Mar 13, 2013| Infographics

Internet Censorship in Iran

The Iran Media Program is part of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. A collaborative network designed to enhance the understanding of the flow of information in Iran, the IMP is made up of Iranian media scholars and practitioners.

We worked with the Iran Media Program to map a complex constellation of leaders and governing bodies involved in Internet censorship in Iran. It visualizes the relationships between different policy-making and enforcement bodies that block and filter content for Iranian internet users. The piece also spotlights four governing structures: the Supreme Cyber Space Council, the Committee Charged with Determining Offensive Content, the Cyber Army, and the Cyber Police. These have emerged since 2009 as key institutions responsible for controlling the flow of online communications, both within Iran, and between Iranians and the worldwide cyber sphere. Yet the infographic also highlights the ability of Iran's young, tech-savvy population to circumvent these myriad blocks and filters to access the global Internet.