While the role of technology in the political struggle in Iran and elsewhere should not be overstated, it should not be underestimated either. The “next generation” controls with which authorities aim to manage the Internet mark a shift from heavy-handed filtering to sophisticated multi-pronged methods. Ron Deibert and Rafal Rohozinski on the attempt to normalise the exercise of power in cyberspace.
is director of the Citizen Lab at the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto. Together with Rafal Rohozinski he is co-founder and principal investigator of the OpenNet Initiative and Information Warfare Monitor projects, and co-editor (along with John Palfrey, Rafal Rohozinski and Jonathan Zittrain) of Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace (MIT Press).