The Iranian internet is a space where users are permanently watched by Iranian authorities. Whether you are an everyday internet tourist or an online activist doesn't make a big difference. Everyone is under the watchful eye of the Iranian government.
It was the 2009 Iranian presidential elections that got me interested in the matter. Supporters of the opposition were sure they got their votes stolen and made their way to the streets. Million of Iranians gathered in the big cities. As soon as protests faced government violence foreign journalists were sent back home. Despite internet censorship and monitoring and because of numerous arrests of protestors and activists who had been spreading news online, the internet was still used to spread news about the protests with the rest of the world.
I was interested in finding out who this Iranian user was and what censorship really means. I created an infographic answering these questions.
It starts with an overview of general internet penetration in Iran, goes on with the idea of a "Halal" or "national" Internet, shows two ways of how the Iranian user escapes the "Halal" Internet, a little part of the iranian Blogosphere showing what kind of blogs get filtered, going on with the sophisticated cyber repression which is initiated by the paradox system of government.
The process of making this project was documented on this tumblr.