Iran ICT4D Resources

1. National ICT Policy/Plan/Strategy:  While no official Iranian ICT policy has been published these reports offer a comprehensive overview of ICT projects in the country.

The new Iranian government elected in 2013 has been working with the ITU to draft a comprehensive plan for the future.

Here is a press release that outline the general goals for the 2016-2019 plan. Public Consultation on the proposed draft text of the ITU 2016-2019 Strategic Plan

Last Update: April 2014

Language: English

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has also complied this report of newly elected President Rouhani’s campaign promises, many of which revolve around ICT policy.

Last Update: August 2013

Language: English


2. Relavent Government Websites

The Ministry of ICT oversees the majority of the ICT development projects in Iran. News about there projects and organization can be found here.

The Supreme Council of  ICT is the body which drafts policies about what is appropriate on the Internet and drafts government technology policy.

*The website is in Persian but a google translated version can be found here.

3. Case Study: 

National Program on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL)

Funded through Iranian Ministry of Human Resource and Development with the cooperation of Iranian universities.

Time Frame: 2000-Present

4. Non-governmental Resources:

Reporters Without Borders

Enemies of the Internet Report: Iran 

Small Media

Internet Infrastructure and Policy Report which is updated every one to two months with recent progress in Iran.


Information published by the Iranian government is often unreliable especially when it come to a controversial topic such as Internet access. The government wants to portray its projects as complete successes and rarely allows independent evaluation of its development work. However, the many international watchdog groups which monitor Iran have access to enough information to paint an accurate picture of Iranian ICT capabilities. As I was researching for these posts the most reliable information was almost always found through groups such as, Small Media or Reporters Without Borders, over Iranian government publications or UN reports which rely on self reporting.


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