Iran’s App Developers Fight Censorship With Innovation

Young and increasingly digitized population, Iran has witnessed a unique surge in the number of domestically produced apps for Iranian smartphone users. Although some of these apps mimic programs produced by Western companies that cannot penetrate the Iranian market due to sanctions and censorship, Iranian app developers have produced a number of inventive products that allow users to exercise some political rights despite the rigid censorship regime. Telegram and Twitter are both blocked in Iran, but the widespread use of proxy servers and VPNs to access the sites highlights the culture of resistance to censorship in Iran that allows these domestic apps to flourish as well...................

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