Tuesday , 23 July 2019

Science and Technology

Iran’s Rulers Speak Of More Cyberspace Restrictions As Conditions Worsen

Radiofarda – Controlling social networks at the time of crises is a “must” that should “seriously be considered,” says the head of the Islamic Republic’s Passive Defense Organization (PDO), Brigadier General Gholamreza Jalali. Jalali, who is a Revolutionary Guard general, made the remarks April 28 while visiting Bushehr, the home of Iran’s sole nuclear power reactor, to supervise a drill …

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Forgiveness: A Growing Anti-Death Penalty Movement in Iran

HRW – With 253 executions in 2018—including six people executed for offenses they allegedly committed as children—Iran is still among the world’s leading executioners, according to Amnesty International’s recent annual report on global trends in executions. Yet executions in Iran dropped by half last year, from 507 in 2017.   Samereh Alinejad pardoned her son’s killer moments before his hanging. © ISNA The …

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Tehran Develops New Short-Range Missiles

Radiofarda – Mehr news agency in Iran says Iran has “designed and manufactured” three new types of missiles. According to Mehr, the three air-launched missiles are Heydar, Qamar Bani Hashem, and Dehlavieh. The missiles have been developed by the Iranian Ministry of Defense in collaboration with the army’s Helicopter Unit, the report said. Mehr reported the range of these missiles …

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Prosecutor General’s Cyber Division Launches New Online Censorship Center in Iran

CHRI – Some Internet Users in Iran Warned of Prosecution for Accessing Blacklisted Websites In 2019, Iranian media outlets began reporting on the sudden appearance of branch offices of a “Prosecutor General’s Cyber Division Rapid Reaction Center,” a new state agency that appears to be tasked with monitoring and censoring online content and activities. The center reportedly has offices in …

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12 Conservationists Detained Without Counsel in Iran’s Kurdistan Province

CHRI – Twelve of the 20 environmental conservationists arrested in Iran’s Kurdistan Province in January and February 2019 remain in detention centers run by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Ministry of Intelligence in the city of Sanandaj, the provincial capital, without access to legal counsel. A local conservationist identified the detainees as Farhad Mohammadi, Hadi Kamangar, Issa …

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University Of Tehran Conference To Discuss Role Of Technology In Natural Disasters Relief

PayvandNews – The University of Tehran’s science and technology park will host a conference on the role of technology in natural disasters relief on May 1, ISNA reported. Visit conference’s website The establishment of relief startup network, the role of science and technology parks and universities in natural disaster will be discussed during the conference and some new emerging technologies will …

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Iran’s Social-Media Struggles Laid Bare By Telegram And Cleric’s Viral Moment

RFL/RE – About a year ago, Iran blocked the highly popular messaging app Telegram, an encrypted tool that half the country’s 81 million people used for sharing news and information, debating in private, and conducting business.Authorities had reportedly boasted that “the blocking of the Telegram app should prevent users from accessing it via VPN” — the virtual private networks that …

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350 volunteer groups offering services in flood-affected areas of Iran

PayvandNews – More than 350 volunteer groups of people are providing services to the provinces haunted by flood across the country, deputy director for social affairs organization affiliated to the Ministry of Interior has said. Many NGOs and volunteer organizations made great efforts to help flood victims in Mazandaran, Golestan and Lorestan provinces, IRNA quoted Kamal Akbari as saying on …

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Iranians Return To Banned Telegram As It Proves Effective In Flood Relief

Radiofarda – One year after popular messaging service Telegram was banned in Iran in the aftermath of early 2018 mass protests, social media users have been returning to the popular platform. The government suspected that Telegram, and social media in general, were used to mobilize crowds and organize protests in late 2017 and early 2018 in over 100 Iranian cities. …

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Submarine Battery Explosion In Iran’s Military Shipyard Kills Three

radiofarda – A “battery explosion” in Iran’s submarine building center in Persian Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas killed several people on April 6. Ann official from the governor’s office in Bandar Abbas said that three people working for Iran’s armed forces naval industries were killed in the incident. Apparently, there are no other injuries. “Three Defense Ministry staff were …

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