ASL19 blog

  • Build trust in users by designing with their privacy in mind

    A growing number of users are moving from Facebook, a platform that emphasizes broadcasting and amplified sharing, to Instagram, a platform where sharing is more intimate and controlled. There’s a feeling of privacy and control in Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, because of its simplicity. Whether the shift in popularity between the two platforms […]

  • How Our Fact-Checking Mascot Was Born?

    Here it is, I’m writing my first Medium post, and I would like to write about the story behind our fact-checking mascot! I’m a visual designer at ASL19, where we help Iranian citizens to assert their digital rights and access information online. In 2017, we launched the first Iranian political fact-checking website called “Factnameh” a day […]

  • 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 […]

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