Online Censorship Visualized, Maral Pourkazemi


The internet is the gateway to the world and a place to gather information. If those gates are closed, information becomes limited and controlled. In Iran you can become a dissident in only a few mouse clicks. Internet censorship is not only random but also targeted. It is designed to make the users feel insecure of their online activities. Arbitrary rules and regulations make it hard to draw the fine line between legal and illegal actions.

Internet censorship, especially in Iran, goes far beyond filtering a few websites. In this lecture we learn about the various ways of online repression by means of the infographic “The Iranian Internet between Freedom and Isolation” which tells the story of online repression and how it affects Internet users in Iran.

Maral Pourkazemi

Maral Pourkazemi is an Iranian designer who was born in Hamburg/Germany and now lives and works in London. In early 2012 Maral graduated with her Masters thesis - a massive infographic explaining how censorship works in Iran and how it affects the users from inside or even outside the country. “Design is my conviction and my religion.” She strongly believes that design has the potential to make important and relevant topics accessible and to make the invisible visible. Ms. Pourkazemi is the head of a little but powerful creative department at Small Media Labs, a non-profit based in London that promotes the free flow of information in closed societies such as Iran. According to her boss, she "designs for social change." Before and after office hours she works on freelance projects, organizes conferences or simply does some drawing.

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  • © Siamak Pourzand Foundation, 2014