We are a technology lab working on access to information solutions.

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  • Our Story

    Began when we saw a need for Iranians to bypass government censorship to access information online. We worked with tech companies to localize circumvention and privacy tools for Iran, providing ongoing technical support for community users. Originally founded to help Iranians to bypass Internet censorship, our projects also enable easy access to information that was previously diffuse, difficult to obtain or unavailable. ASL19 is Farsi for Article 19.

  • Internet in Iran

    Slow internet speeds, diffuse sources and the lack of information pose several challenges for Iranians determined to access information online. Information controls are determined by the authorities, whose decision-making structures are complex. Opportunities for citizens to engage with the political process are also limited. Our work aims to fill these gaps.

  • Our Response

    We responded by developing platforms such as Farsi news aggregators and promise-tracking tools that promote greater government accountability and transparency, with forums for community participation where users can express their opinions and engage in conversations. Our technology, research and data visualization projects are all designed to enable improved access to information. We have become a connector of networks, bringing community needs to tech companies, delivering useful products to end users.

Software Localization and UX Support

Our team brings their knowledge of user needs and the local context to support the adaptation of circumvention and privacy tools. Our work includes community testing, user support and research.

Research, Data Analysis and Visualization

Our tools and resources help journalists, researchers, policy analysts and civil society groups better understand local community interests and global current affairs. See our latest report here.

Parliament Monitoring & Promised Tracking

To enable access to information about elected officials, and promote accountability and transparency, we also develop platforms such as Majlis Monitor and Rouhani Meter.

We also collaborate with private and civil society groups to develop information access solutions. Want to chat?
Email salam@asl19[dot]org

Community

Since 2013, ASL19 has organized the annual Iran Cyber Dialogue (ICD) to strengthen the global community working towards improved online access to information in Iran. This community has grown from 20 participants in 2013, to more than 150 participants and speakers in 2015. Our core program is a full day of private hands-on outcome oriented sessions with a variety of actors, ranging from Iranian civil society groups to global tech companies and other leaders.

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Projects

Rouhani Meter Logo

Rouhani Meter

Tracking the promises of Rouhani’s administration.

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Meidoon Watch Logo

Meidoon Watch

Tracking trending content read and shared by Iranians in English

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Majlis Monitor Logo

Majlis Monitor

Making the Iranian Parliament accessible and transparent.

Website

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Khoondi

Aggregating Farsi news and digital security content from multiple sources in one place.

Website

Team

Ali

Ali

Director. Naps a lot.

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Kamal

Kamal

Sr. Developer. Meidoon addict.

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Anna

Anna

Communications and Development. Anna Banana.

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Fereidoon

Fereidoon

Co-Director. Awesome.

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Olivia

Olivia

Community Manager.

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David

Dave

Front-End Developer. Davood Hosseini.

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Arta

Arta

Meidoon watcher. Trend wiz.

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Farhad

Farhad

Research Manager. Irrelavant Fact Bureau.

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Aurang

Aurang

Sr. Developer

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Navid

Navid

UX Designer. "Perfectionist".

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Grant

Grant

Front-End Developer. Political-Computer Scientist.

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Sara

Sara

Majlis Monitor Researcher and English Editor. Sheriff.

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Sina

Sina

User Outreach, Localization & Data Analyst. bot_father.

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Elizabeth

Elizabeth

Operation Manager.

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Amin

Amin

MENA Outreach Manager.

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Danny

Danny

Android Developer.

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