How Russia Can Influence Speech in Iran

Not (or not only) through sharing information on censorship tactics. Instead, as a mapping of the .ir domain by the firm Lumeta found, “one router in the .ir domain that passes the most traffic is physically located in Russia. Iran is apparently outsourcing a significant portion of its routed infrastructure.” This implies that Russia could also cut off that information, through that ‘choke point,’ if it wanted. According to Information Week, Lumeta also found that only about 10% of US-based traffic into Iran is blocked.

Lumeta also has a map of the Internet in the Middle East.


Which you can compare to our map and study of the Arabic blogosphere.


Hat Tip: Middle East Strategy at Harvard (MESH)

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3 Responses to “How Russia Can Influence Speech in Iran”

  1. SY Says:

    yo, guys, Middle East Strategy at Harvard (MESH) is definitely not the same thing as the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

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