ASL19 blog

  • 3 tips for better user-centred design

    In order to design a useful product we need to understand our users and prioritize their needs. At ASL19, we’re familiar with creating products for users with vastly different lives and experiences than our own. We use ethnographic research, data, and user feedback to better understand who we’re designing for, but making a truly user-centric […]

  • Organizational Review

    Last month, we announced our collaboration with Coda Societies to conduct an independent review of our organizational culture and practices. As promised, we are now sharing their findings in this Executive Summary, which also covers their approach and recommendations following one-on-one confidential interviews with all 23 members of our team, a review of our existing […]

  • Statement

    Two months ago we published a statement announcing the resignation of Ali K Bangi following public allegations of sexual assault and forcible confinement. This was the first time we had heard about these allegations. We were left with many questions and concerns about how this might impact our work, our team and our communities. And […]

  • Statement on Allegations of Sexual Assault Against Ali K Bangi

    On Nov 21, 2017, we learned that Ali K Bangi appeared in court on a charge of sexual assault. We are deeply disturbed by this and take all reports of sexual assault very seriously. Immediately upon learning about the court appearance, we met with Mr. Bangi about the accusations which gave rise to the charge. […]

  • Apple Removes Iranian Apps From App Store

    On August 24th Apple began aggressively purging Iranian apps from the App Store citing US sanctions law. Apps removed include the famous online store Digikala, Iranian ride-hailing app Snapp, and online meals delivery start up Delion Foods among many others. This follows Apple’s recent removal of major VPN providers from its China App Store at […]

  • Information Controls in Iran’s 2017 Presidential Election

    Introduction In Iran, elections and heightened Internet censorship often go hand in hand. A few weeks before the contested 2009 election, Facebook was blocked and the SMS network was shut down. When the next presidential election rolled around in 2013, the authorities disrupted circumvention tools, and network throttling slowed Internet speeds to a crawl. Such […]

  • Memo to Tech and Social Media Companies: Stop Aiding Iran’s War on the Internet

    March 15, 2017 —Major technology and social media companies should stop barring Iranians from buying or accessing personal communications tools and services that are not banned by any sanctions, and make immediately available to Iranians the full range of permissible items, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) and ASL19 said in a joint […]

  • New Circumvention App-store Paskoocheh Launches +800,000 Tool Requests

    Canada, February 15, 2017 — Many Iranians use circumvention tools, often referred to as filter-shekan or “filter-breakers” in Farsi, to access websites that are blocked or filtered by the government. While it seems that filter-breakers are readily available online, it can be hard to verify the authenticity and security of tools, thus making users vulnerable […]

  • Google error message: “403. That’s an error. Your client does not have permission to get URL / from this server. That’s all we know.”

    What We Can Learn from Google’s Approach to Sanctions on Iran

    Kyle Bowen is a Researcher at ASL19 (Farsi for Article 19), an organization that helps Iranians bypass internet censorship. You can find him on Twitter @KyleBowen17. Ali Bangi is co-director of ASL19. He may be found on Twitter @alibangi. Editor’s Note: As we were preparing this article for publication, news broke that the Trump Administration […]

  • ASL19 Urges the End of President Trump’s Discriminatory Travel Ban

    Last Friday, President Trump signed an executive order that indefinitely suspends the resettlement of Syrian refugees, and bans the citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S for 90 days. ASL19 strongly urges the U.S. government to rescind this discriminatory policy that is against our core international values and fundamental rights. As an Iran-focused […]

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