Is Iran in 2014 a country enjoying a technology boom, whose citizens are using a wide array of social media platforms to build vibrant online communities? A nation producing a wealth of challenging and risqué literature, while enjoying cultural imports beamed in from around the world?
Or is it a country with a tech sector choked off by corruption, underinvestment, and global sanctions? A nation whose citizens are constantly monitored and harassed, and where “immoral” literature is banned, foreign TV is jammed, and Islamic ideology is promoted at every turn?
Iran’s digital revolution has granted its citizens unprecedented freedoms and opportunities, but it has also handed the state sweeping new powers of control and surveillance.
Our new report explores the social, cultural and political impacts of Iran’s new digital reality.