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  • 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 […]

  • Statement on Behdad Esfahbod’s Interrogation by Iranian authorities

    On August 17, Behdad Esfahbod, a prominent Iranian-Canadian software engineer, publicly shared his experience being detained and interrogated by the Iranian authorities (IRGC) during his visit to Iran earlier this year.  We’re deeply saddened and disturbed to hear about Behdad’s traumatic time in detention and ongoing post-traumatic experiences that continue till today. Through Behdad, we have […]

  • 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 […]

  • Multiple GitLab projects on the same Kubernetes Cluster (GitLab CI/CD)

    My team has recently boarded the hype train on Kubernetes deployments. We can get rid of a bunch of staging servers and never look back. While doing so, we also don’t seek after high-cost cluster maintenance infrastructures. Recently I got myself a basic standard-type 2-node cluster to do some tests and deploy some of the […]

  • Why Kubernetes?

    Kubernetes is currently a hot topic with lots of arguments for or against using it in smaller scales. The opponents argue that Kubernetes (or K8S in short) brings a complexity that is not needed for most use cases and that the traditional methods are still the better way for most people. Some proponents have unfortunately fallen […]

  • DevOps at ASL19

    As the first post in our engineering blog, it’s fitting to provide an overview of how DevOps has evolved at ASL19. This also fits well with the next series of post about our current experience with Kubernetes and is a good chance to see how and why we have ended up here. 1. In the […]

  • 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 […]

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