The National Post’s Matt Hartley wrote a profile of the Citizen Lab‘s work on Iran, and my views on what Canada could be doing to protect and preserve an open Internet. We are fortunate to collaborate with ASL19 and other Iranians on our research and other projects. Hartley’s piece also mentioned my keynote presentation at the recent iConference 2012, which was an interesting experience.
I was interviewed by CBC’s The Current on September 17 regarding Isa Saharkhiz’s lawsuit against Nokia Siemens Networks and the broader implications of cyber espionage.
The radio clip also features a panel discussion with the son of the jailed journalist, Mehdi Saharkhiz, and Tony Rutkowski, Cybersecurity Rapporteur for the United Nations’ International Telecommunications Union.
Listen to the interview and panel discussion here from CBC Radio.
I participated in the University of Toronto’s Centre for Ethics Civil society and Democracy In Iran workshop, held 14-15 May 2010 at the University of Toronto. I was participating in the panel on “Exploring the Youth Movement in Iran,” and spoke about the challenges of cyberspace controls for youth activism in and outside of Iran and in particular among the green movement.
I did an interview with NPR’s Here and Now about psiphon and The Use of Proxy Servers in Iran.
There is a lot going on right now on so many exciting fronts. We at the OpenNet Initiative have released three major reports: An Asian regional overview, and country reports on China and Iran. We released these at the ONI Asia regional meeting in Penang Malaysia. Thanks to the ONI team for all of their hard work.
Second, we have been actively engaged in a campaign to allow Iranians to access the Internet freely via Psiphon, using Twitter and other outreach tools. The Globe and Mail has a report on it, among other media stories.
We were very pleased to hear that Psiphon was the recipient of the Economist New Media Award at the Index on Censorship 2009 Free Expression Award Ceremony in London yesterday.
Details here. Although we are proud to win the award, we feel that this award belongs to the others on the shortlist as well. In particular, it is noteworthy that nominee Hoder is still imprisoned in Iran for merely expressing his opinions.
Richard Rogers’ Govcom.org foundation has been doing cutting edge research on online networks for years, producing visually rich outputs that show connections among major nodes, typically using their issue crawler tool.
We at the OpenNet Initaitive have entered into a collaboration with Rogers and his team at Govcom.org to produce a series of issue-crawler maps of Internet censorship. The first of these is called A Censored Network (PDF), showing censored sites in Iran. Rogers and his team ran one of our high impact lists from our Iran Report through their issue-crawler. The discovered sites linking to those high impact sites were then fed through the ONI’s testing system to discover 30 additional blocked sites.
Stay tuned for more outputs from this collaboration.
Among all of the press coverage of our recent Iran report, I thought I’d post this one from BBCPersian, which has an interview with me translated into Farsi. You can listen to the realaudio package here.
As an addendum, here is a nice BBC story by Clark Boyd, with a great interview with Nart Villeneuve, Director of Technical Research at the Citizen Lab. Additionally, I recently did an interview with the BBC5 program Up All Night. Here is a locally archived MP3 file for downloading and listening.