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A Critical Approach to The United States’ Virtual Colonialism: Internet Domination Policy

Colonialism has experienced various phases. During the old colonialism, material world was in control through territorial explorations, warfare, hard power, and use of tactics of political colonialism. The old colonialism rose in 15th century and expanded by the end of 20th century. Although colonial powers claim that colonialism is beneicial for the development of colonized nations, it has been mainly focusing upon meeting interests of colonialist as well as spoiling political, cultural, and economic sovereignty of the colonized territories.

Bluetooth Virtual Community: Formation & Functions

Bluetooth Virtual Community: Formation & Functions
No one is alone. Opposite of this sentence isn't wrong, either. Nowadays communication technologies and networks are anytime in anywhere. We are not alone, but don't mean that anyone would be with us. You are sitting on the train. All passengers are near to you, but they aren’t compeer with you. You turn on your Bluetooth of mobile and press search button. You can see other people who their Bluetooth is on. You don't identify them. They don't identify you, but all of them can connect together by the ordinary wireless technology: Bluetooth. "Bluetooth Virtual Community" is created in such space. This research shows Bluetooth can play roles more than data transferring. Therefore Bluetooth can be a tool that makes it possible for the user to organize his communication in unknown social networks without being identified. In this research, we have tried to express this function and its effects.

The First International Summit of Health and Lifestyle: Culture and Cyberspace

First Intl Summit of Health and Lifestyle: Culture and Cyberspace held at University of Tehran

The ‘Economic Culture of Data sharing’ event at the 13th lecture of the UNESCO chair

The ‘Economic Culture of Data Sharing’ evented by Ebrahim Mohseni Ahooei, a Ph.D. student of New Media and Communications Studies from the University of Vienna was the lecture of the 13th session of the UNESCO Chair on Culture and Cyberspace: Dual-spacization of World. The event was held at the faculty of world studies, the University of Tehran on July 5, 2017.

Doing Research in Cyberspace

 On May 1, 2017 the 11th session of UNESCO Chair of Cyberspace and Culture: Dual-Spacization of the World was held at the Faculty of World Studies at University of Tehran. In this session, Dr. Ehsan Shahghasemi, Assistant Professor at Department of Communication, University of Tehran presented his work entitled "Doing Research in Cyberspace."

10th session from meetings at UNESCO Chair of Cyberspace and Culture: Dual-Spacization of the World

The 10th session from regular meetings of UNESCO Chair of Cyberspace and Culture: Dual-Spacization of the World was held with the speech of Professor Masoud Asadpour from the Deaprtment of Machine Intelligence and Robotics, Information Technology and Software at University of Tehran, and head of the Resaerch Institute of Cyberspace. His address entitled “Artificial Intelligene, Cyberspace and Managing Collective Behavior” was delivered on February 21, 2017 at Iran Hall in Factulty of World Studies at University of Tehran.

The evolution of discourse of information-knowledge society in Iran

The second meeting of the UNESCO Chair of Cyberspace and Culture: Dual-Spacization of the World held:

The evolution of discourse of information-knowledge society in Iran

The second meeting of the series of "UNESCO Chair in Cyberspace and Culture: Dual-Spacization of the World " as "The evolution of discourse of information-knowledge society in Iran: A study on the evolution of discourse policies of information and communication technologies (ICT) ", was held on 23th August by speech of Dr.Zohreh Shahghasemi, a member of culture and communication academic center for educational, cultural and research, branch of Allameh Tabataba’i.

At the beginning of meeting with the presence of professors and students held at the UNESCO Chair in the Faculty of World Studies, the visiting professor of Allameh Tababtabae'i university, Shahghasemi said: Since the 1990s, the development of information and communication technologies and the Information Society have been one of the most important issues of policy-making at national, regional and international levels.

She added that with the advancement of information and communication technologies and its application expansion in different fields of social, political, economic, cultural and educational, policymaking and planning approaches to use this technology and its development has changed.

“This change indicates that not only policy-making is required for the development of the information society, but also the policy-making must be to a society that has passed the stage of development of technology and its goal is to obtain desirable qualities of life”, Shahghasemi remarked.




“Forecasts about the Individuals’...

On Sunday evening of May 8, 2016 a conference entitled “Forecasts about the Individuals’ Conducts in Means of Transport Based on Their Activities in Social Networks” was hosted by the ‘University of Tehran’s Faculty of World Studies’ in ‘Iran Hall’. The guest speaker was “Mojtaba Maghrebi”, a Ph.D in Civil Engineering and IT from the University of New South Wales, Australia who was invited on behalf of the UNESCO’S chair of Virtual Space and Culture.

Addressing the university professors and students, Dr. Maghrebi spoke about the researcher carried out during the recent years on the citizens’ behaviours in social networks in some parts of Australia and the United States and pointed out that the advancement of the modern communication technologies in social networks has led to some inconveniences for the users all over the world.

Dr. Maghrebi said: “Particular activities are being practiced by some social media that target certain groups of people in a determined period of time. Besides it has to be mentioned that the ones that are most affected are the users, since they themselves disclose their personal information freely to the social media sites. The users send their personal data to the ones who govern the sites and manage their activities, so they are more exposed to the damages caused by such social networks.”

He then followed: “Part of the project concerned conducting a study about the social network ‘Foursquare’, which soon will be widespread in Iran, too. In ‘Foursquare’ one can see 7 applicable characters and 524 branches. The characters applied are mostly related to restaurants, education, pastime, sports and similar subjects. The users upload clips in Foursquare, recorded in places they have been, leaving tips to express how much they like it. In this way, a great amount of data can be obtained from the users who share their info in this service.” 

Moreover, Dr. Maghrebi underlined one activity that was carried out through Foursquare and Twitter about the hurricane that took place in Orlando, which brought about much damage and destruction. Thanks to the predictions made beforehand about the population density in different towns, the crisis management was very efficiently handled in order to confront the storm. Such information and data are of use in the area of crisis management in special circumstances when the citizens and people from different social strata get into trouble.

Dr. Maghrebi continued: “One applicable pattern is considering how, to what extent and in which areas the individuals and the citizens of a city or a country use public transport. This pattern can be used for managing a city efficiently. By having access to such facts and data in social networks it would be very easy to control peoples’ comings and goings and at no cost, while determining during which hours people use public transport most. This is a good method to assess public transportation and the level of citizen satisfaction. Besides, we can realize during which hours people tend to travel less through the city.”

Another research that was done in this regard involved the use of certain words or phrases and their impact on the rate of traffic collision. The work showed that using certain words while driving increases the risk of accident. So, there is a meaningful relationship between car accidents and our way of talking.

To sum up his point, he added: “These procedures are done through random questions asked from people. Then the information obtained is overlapped with other data and is applied in urban planning and with respect to the tourists’ attitudes in the cities. Cities should be prepared for receiving the tourists. The tourists’ way of behaving is very considerable in megacities when there is rush-hour traffic. In this respect the amount of data extracted from social networks is very important, as it helps us to build traffic models. Also the techniques applied in this procedure are of importance. For example social networks in Sydney show us the number of the users and helped us to give a clear definition of the human language and to show which words correlate and things like that.”

At the end of the conference a present was given to Dr. Mojtaba Maghrebi by the University of Tehran’s Faculty of World Studies.     

2016 Schedule of UNESCO Chair of Cyberspace and Culture: Dual-Spacization of the World

2016 Schedule of UNESCO Chair of Cyberspace and Culture: Dual-Spacization of the World


Although UNESCO Chair of Cyberspace and Culture: Dual-Spaciz

Celebrating the Global Media and Information Literacy Week (24 - 31 Oct 2018), the UNESCO Chair on Cyberspace and Culture in collaboration with University of Tehran, the Iranian National UNESCO Commission, the Center for Cyberspace Research Policy Center, and the Iranian World Studies Association are organizing the “Media and Information Literacy Seminar: Media and Information Literate Cities” on 29 Oct 2018.