The Editor. December 24, 2012

Facebook: Halal? Makruh? Haram?

So Facebook is Halal all of a sudden?
Despite condemnation of social media, it appears that Ayatollah Khamenei now has his own Facebook page. Censorship is as active on Facebook as any other media in Iran — critical comments come down as fast as they go up. Read more to find out what kind of response there has been to the Supreme Leader’s new Facebook presence,


The Editor. March 27, 2012

Norooz, Sanctions, Love, and Human Rights

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Celebrating Norooz Norooz, a celebration of the new year that is marked by people from every religion and belief, was met with relief and joy by Iranians all over the world. Millions in Iran traveled in cars, buses, trains, and planes to see family and friends and to do a bit of urban camping. Iran’s [...]


The Editor. January 4, 2012

Arseh Sevom’s 2011 Review

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In Arseh Sevom’s first ever newsletter (online here), we looked back at some of the highlights from the pages of our website. Those included:


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This post is part of special series of articles focusing on managing your online security and privacy. The complete series can be found in Persian at this link: http://bit.ly/n19Pzk.

Two Important Facebook Issues

Facebook has been in the news for two unrelated, yet disturbing issues. One concerns rumors of an attack on Facebook by the group Anonymous. The other is related to Facebook’s newest privacy intrusion. People who use its mobile phone application have found that the phone numbers of their contacts are now being imported into Facebook’s database.

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The Editor. April 14, 2011

The Struggle over Internet Narratives

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Today’s featured piece from Arseh Sevom’s Civil Society Zine is The Death of the “Twitter Revolution” and the Struggle over Internet Narratives from PhD candidate Donya Alinejad. In her piece, she poses questions about techno-utopianism, Cold War imagery, and the real and imagined effects of social media and the internet in creating offline actions. The [...]


The Editor. March 24, 2011

As Strong as Our Signal

Virtual Evin Prison

Human rights activist Mana Mostatabi takes a look at the ways in which new media is transforming activism. She asks hard questions about just how effective “clicktivism can be when trying to take action for positive changes. What happens to those tweets and retweets? Just how big of a ripple do they make? As Strong [...]

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Twitter Revolution?

PhD candidate Donya Alinejad poses questions about techno-utopianism, Cold War imagery, and the real and imagined effects of social networking and the internet in creating offline actions. The town square is still the town square, she asserts pointing to recent uprisings in Egypt and Libya. The death of the “twitter revolution” and the struggle over [...]


The Editor. February 28, 2011

Power, Communication, and the Internet

Egypt Supports Wisconsin

It’s hard to avoid discussions about the use of Facebook to galvanize protests from Egypt than to Wisconsin. As we prepare for the first issue of our online magazine, we have come across many interesting discussions of networking, both digital and physical, that we will elaborate on a bit more in the future. Until then, [...]