Introducing ‘Chaos and Control: The Competing Tensions of Internet Governance in Iran’

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We’re very excited to present our new report, ‘Chaos and Control: The Competing Tensions of Internet Governance in Iran’, which explores the Islamic Republic’s participation in the global conversation on internet governance.

Our report offers a comprehensive overview of Iran’s engagements with internet governance issues by tracking Iran’s public statements at internet governance forums, studying its delegations to international events, and comparing its international policy stances against its domestic practices.

The report also examines the Iranian public’s engagement with internet governance issues, and the state of multistakeholderism in Iran. The report achieves this by monitoring Iranian press coverage of internet governance debates and appraising Iran’s emerging domestic multistakeholder initiatives.

Here are some of our key findings:

Iran’s primary objective has been to challenge existing internet governance structures, most notably the United States’ privileged position vis-à-vis the IANA and ICANN

Iran has achieved some notable political victories in its campaign against the internet governance status quo. But its victories have ultimately proven hollow, and have failed to secure widespread international backing for Iran’s position.

Secondary objectives have included international development and expansion of filtering capabilities

Iran has consistently stressed its dedication to the pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals, with the Khatami, Ahmadinejad and Rouhani administrations each clearly advocating for the expansion of internet access in Iran, including ambitious initiatives in rural regions…

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