About ASL19

ASL19, Farsi for Article 19, is a technology group working towards practical responses for online access to information challenges. Our work helps citizens assert their fundamental rights to freedom of expression and access to information.

Originally founded in 2012 to help Iranians bypass Internet censorship, ASL19’s work includes various projects in collaboration with diaspora groups and technology actors. Beyond working with circumvention tool developers to understand the local context and develop customized solutions, we create platforms and apps that deliver previously diffuse or complex information in accessible and attractive formats.

As an independent group connected to both Iranians and technology actors in the West, ASL19 is a trusted bridge actor for online projects in support of civil society goals. In 2015, we also started working with the broader Middle East and North Africa region, beginning with a pilot project on user support for circumvention tools. Mada19, Arabic for Article 19, is building on ASL19’s experience and carrying through with its mission in the Arabic-speaking world.

In all projects, ASL19 upholds our editorial independence. We do not engage in partnership or contracts that interfere with our editorial decisions or standards.

ASL19 is a company legally registered in Toronto, Canada.

Editorial and Correction Policy

If you notice an error in our content, please reach out to us via social media channels or email so we can look into it. We will try our best to issue a correction immediately and get back to you. If the correction constitutes a major change in the content, we will include a correction section in the article (if applicable) and communicate the mistake immediately online. Minor errors such as spelling or grammatical errors will simply be corrected without an announcement.

Our projects