Posts in category “ASL19”

  • A brand new Factnameh website is here!

    In April 2017, Factnameh started its journey as the first fact-checking platform covering misinformation in Iran and Persian content online. Since then, we have published over 700 fact-checks and investigated claims and narratives from prominent actors in Iran’s political and media sectors.  In the past five years, as the platform and its audience grew, so […]

  • Story of BeePassVPN Branding

    Let’s make this VPN more lively. How did the story of branding our first VPN (Virtual Private Network) start? ASL19, a technology and media organization working on helping people access information, launched BeePass VPN in early 2021 to help people in Iran — where voices and content are frequently censored by the state — to […]

  • Eight Years and 100 Promises: The final chapter of Rouhani Meter

    Eight years ago, Rouhani Meter became the first to introduce promise-tracking and structured journalism into Persian-language online media. While the project came to an end as Hassan Rouhani handed over the presidency after his second term, the promise-tracking efforts and results continue to shape what government accountability could look like in Iran. In a Final […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]