The Problem

Iranian citizens lack an effective resource for accessing information and analysis on political representatives. The government actively creates barriers to civic engagement and many Iranian MPs are hidden from public scrutiny. Citizens are unable to debate or discuss parliamentary activities.

The Solution

A platform that connects users with research on the commitments and actions of Iranian MPs, with verification via crowd-sourcing from inside Iran – helping users freely access easy to understand information about their parliament.

Censored in region?

Yes / No

Description

Majlis Monitor is a platform focused on monitoring the performance of Iranian parliamentarians. By providing a clear picture of MP performance and positions on domestic issues, this project helps inform the Iranian public. The platform will be critical in the lead up to, and during, the upcoming 2016 parliamentary elections to help increase transparency and accountability. It aims to make MP data more accessible and available, and also provide a space for the public to share their views on the work of their political representatives.

Impact

Users from inside Iran
1,350,000
Total page views
18,480,000

Developed with

ASL19 leads research and development of Majlis Monitor. ASL19, Farsi for Article 19, is an interdisciplinary technology and research lab working to build solutions for access to information challenges such as censorship and surveillance.

Psiphon Inc. is a Toronto-based company producing award winning open-source multiplatform circumvention software that helps over 3 million people every week connect to content on the Internet.

Project timeline

January 1, 2014

Research for the development of Majlis Monitor begins

January 26, 2015

Reports Majlis Monitor is being block inside Iran emerge

February 1, 2016

English version released.

Project background

Majlis Monitor is the first comprehensive attempt to monitor the performance of Iranian parliamentarians. Based at the Munk School of Global Affairs and in partnership with ASL19, the project’s research team receives support from an advisory group consisting of Iranian parliamentary affairs experts. MPs’ profiles included a review of the performance of representatives with regards to their electoral districts, interaction with the current presidential administration, as well as their opinions toward important national and public issues.