Tuesday , 23 July 2019

Science and Technology

Snapp Judgment: Iran Ride-Sharing Company At Center Of ‘Bad Hijab’ Dispute

RFL/RE – Iranians have found a new platform to fuel fresh debate over one of their society’s most sensitive topics: the so-called hijab laws that oblige women to cover their bodies and hair in conservative Islamic fashion.Reactions have come fast and furious since a Tehrani driver for the country’s largest Uber-like ride-sharing enterprise, Snapp, refused to drive a woman to …

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Twitter Deletes Accounts Linked To Iran, Russia

Radiofarda – Twitter says it has deleted nearly 4,800 suspect accounts linked to Iran that the company says secretly pushed that government’s agenda. Twitter is adding those accounts and their tweets to a public database it launched last year to track its battle against government-linked misinformation. It is also adding a smaller number of deleted accounts linked to Russia, Venezuela …

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How Iran’s startup sector can realize its potential

Al-Monitor – Experts agree that the promotion of knowledge-based startups would be a suitable remedy to address the intensifying unemployment in Iran. In fact, with youth unemployment at 27.5%, the Iranian authorities need to look for opportunities to create jobs for the country’s young, educated and tech-savvy population. While in recent years a considerable growth has been recorded in information technology (IT) …

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Iranians boycott ride-hailing app after hijab controversy

aljazeera – After a driver asked a passenger to put on her headscarf, some Iranians began boycotting popular ride-hailing app Snapp.by Saeed Jalili 12 Jun 2019 Iran’s law requires women to cover their hair and wear loose garment to hide their body and skin [Majid Saeedi/Getty Images] A move to boycott a popular Iranian ride-hailing application has gained momentumamong social …

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Zarif Says Iran Needs ‘No Mediator’ To Talk To U.S.

Radiofarda – Iran’s foreign minister says Tehran needs “no mediator” for negotiating with the U.S., but the prerequisite for a dialogue is for Washington to abide by the 2015 nuclear agreement. In an interview with Arabic speaking Iranian TV, al-Alam, on Friday, May 31, Mohammad Javad Zarif reiterated, “We have already said that we do not need a mediator,” adding, …

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Pompeo To Press Germany On Military Spending, Huawei, Nordstream And Iran

Reuters – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began a five-day European trip on Friday with a delayed visit to Berlin, where he was expected to press Germany to boost its military spending, avoid dealings with China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and reconsider a pipeline project with Russia. Pompeo will meet Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Chancellor Angela Merkel on …

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Why is the Iranian Government Aiding the Development of a Censorship Circumvention Tool?

CHRI – Using Iranian government resources, a Tehran-based company has been developing an online censorship circumvention tool that specifically enables users in the country to access a widely used app that was blocked nationwide by judicial order one year ago, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. The proxy called MTProto, enables users to access the blocked Telegram messaging app, which …

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Study Finds Pro-Iran Social Media Deception Becoming ‘More Sophisticated’

VOA – A U.S. cybersecurity company says a recently discovered pro-Iran social media network that engaged in deceptive targeting of Americans is more sophisticated than a similar campaign it identified last year. In a report published Tuesday, California-based FireEye said it recently uncovered a network of English-language social media accounts that engaged in “inauthentic behavior and misrepresentation” in support of “Iranian …

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US ‘Concerned’ Iran’s Intranet Project Will Repress Internet Freedom

VOA – The Trump administration has expressed concern about reports that Iranian authorities have made progress in developing a domestic intranet and firewall system to shield Iran from the global internet. In a written response to VOA Persian questions, a State Department spokesperson said its concern centered on new measures in Iran to create a “so-called National Information Network” and …

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Facebook Drops 51 Fake Accounts Traced to Iran

VOA – Facebook has dropped 51 accounts, 36 pages, and seven groups after the cybersecurity firm FireEye revealed they were fake accounts originating in Iran. Three Instagram accounts were also deactivated. The FireEye report Tuesday says the phony accounts pretended they came from the United States and impersonated legitimate Middle Eastern news sources to push a pro-Iranian agenda. Posts written …

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