Posts in category “ASL19 Projects”

  • Four years of fact-checking and counting: An interview with Factnameh Editor in Chief Farhad Souzanchi

    Factnameh is a multimedia fact-checking platform focused on countering misinformation in Iran and building capacity among journalists and civil society to hold those in power accountable and ensure facts remain at the centre of public debate. Similar to other countries, misinformation and disinformation campaigns are on the rise in Iran, often disseminated through state media, […]

  • Working With TunnelBear To Circumvent Internet Censorship In Iran

    Earlier this year, the team at TunnelBear reached out to us looking to expand their services to Iranian users as part of their new anti-censorship program. Soon after, like many other places around the world, Toronto went into lockdown due to Covid-19. While we didn’t get the chance to meet in person, our team at […]

  • How We’re Using Technology to Counter Misinformation

    Weeks ago, we received a tip about misinformation circulating on a private Telegram channel. This was during the height of the pandemic and we had already grown accustomed to reading about all sorts of misinformation and fake COVID-19 remedies online. But this was different. This channel had 35,000 members who were inundated with a large […]

  • The Shrine of Fatima Masumeh in Qom by Amir Hesaminejad for Tasnim News Agency

    Misinformation in a Time of COVID-19: A Look Inside Iran

    Misinformation about COVID-19 can pose serious threats to public health. It manipulates how people perceive and react to a serious global pandemic, such as creating a false sense of safety or misconceptions about the causes and treatments for the illness. Given the widespread distrust of state media, online misinformation is particularly insidious in Iran as […]

  • Rouhani Meter Annual Report (Executive Summary)

    August 2019 marks the sixth anniversary of Hassan Rouhani’s presidency. His sixth year in office was a difficult one, both for him and for the people of Iran. The economic and political crises that began earlier seem to continue into his seventh year.  The Rouhani administration has not experienced such instability since he came to […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Rouhani Meter and the First 100 Days

    Cross-posted with the Munk School of Global Affairs. On August 3rd, 2013, RouhaniMeter.com set out to measure the performance of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani by monitoring the status of promises he made during his campaign. As of November 12, 2013, 100 days since the beginning of his term, experts and researchers have collected data from media outlets, government releases, government proceedings, social […]

  • Rouhani Meter’s Report on the third 10 days of Rouhani’s Presidency

    September 5, 2013 It has been a month since Hassan Rouhani was inaugurated as President of the Islamic Republic of Iran. While his administration’s first twenty days in office were busy, the last ten days have seen a slowing of activity, with Rouhani failing to make progress on his election promises. One of the main […]

  • Rouhani Meter’s report on the second 10 days of Rouhani’s Presidency

    During the second 10 day period of Rouhani’s presidency, the majority of his proposed cabinet ministers earned the approval of the parliament, with the first meeting of the newly formed government taking place. This report covers the most recent updates about the promises mentioned within the RouhaniMeter website. Since the government’s focus has remained mainly […]

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