The Problem

Iranian citizens are regularly denied the ability to access information on political issues and freely express their opinions online. Their government actively creates barriers to civic engagement and denies their citizens the ability to debate issues and share a plurality of thoughts in digital space.

The Solution

A platform that connects users with research and fact-checking on the commitments of President Hassan Rouhani, with verification via crowd-sourcing from inside Iran – helping users freely access information on campaign promises.

Censored in region?

Yes / No


Rouhani Meter is the first promise-tracking platform for Iran. It seeks to monitor the performance of work on promises made by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. The project’s goal is to increase the capacity of the Iranian public to hold their government accountable by providing accessible and reliable information on President Rouhani’s commitments.


Users from inside Iran
4.5 Million
Visits from inside Iran
26.6 Million
Total page views
34 Million
Avg. time spent on platform (minutes)
President Rouhani tweets "Promise Achieved"

Developed with

ASL19 heads up research on Rouhani Meter. They are 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. Software translations are available in 15 languages, and are continually adding more to their products.

Project timeline

August 3, 2013

Rouhani’s inauguration & launch of

August 21, 2013 website is blocked inside of Iran

March 1, 2016 redesign complete

Project background

Rouhani Meter grew out of the Global Dialogue on the Future of Iran project (GDFI). GDFI was initially a two year project developed by the Munk School of Global Affairs and funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (now Global Affairs Canada) anchored by live events with members of the Iranian community. These events were meant to precede Iran’s Presidential election, with a focus on listening to what participants characterize as the most salient challenges facing Iranians. The result was research that led to the creation of Rouhani Meter, the first political process monitoring platform created for Iran.