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Mahsa Alimardani

Mahsa Alimardani is an Iranian-Canadian Internet researcher. Her focus is on the intersection of technology and human rights, especially as it pertains to freedom of expression and access to information inside Iran. She holds a Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and is completing her Masters degree in New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam.

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3 March 2015

Iran Wants to Befriend Google

Google is welcome in Iran, says a government official, as long as it respects 'cultural conditions'.

30 January 2015

Iranian Women's Rights Advocate Mahdieh Golroo Released From Jail

Last October, a wave of acid attacks against women created a public uproar in Iran. When police failed to respond, protests and online campaigns against government inaction swept the nation.

23 January 2015

WhatsApp, Line and Tango in Jeopardy in Iran, As President and Judiciary Clash

Culture Minister Ali Jannati refused to say if the government would implement the ban on three messaging services. They currently remain accessible to Iranians.

1 December 2014

Morehshin Allahyari's Art on Iranian Censorship Will Soon Be Out of This World

Iran’s censored Internet is a theme that features prominently in Morehshin Allahyari's art, some of which will soon be headed to outer space as part of the Forever Now project.

27 November 2014

The Story Behind Iran's Censorship Redirect Page

When Internet users in Iran try to access a blocked website, they're taken to www.peyvandha.ir. The page has changed throughout the years, reflecting the government's evolving approach to censorship.

6 October 2014

#FreeSaeed: An Iranian Web Developer's Sixth Year in Prison

Saeed Malekpour was originally sentenced to death as a "corrupter of the earth" for his open source software that others used to download pornographic images.

1 October 2014

Cute Cat Theory in Action: Despite Drought, Iranian Users Take the Ice Bucket Challenge

Are Iranians really more consumed by Facebook likes and online attention than they are with tangible problems within their own country? If so, they're not alone.

16 September 2014

Nearly 70% of Young Iranians Use Illegal Internet Circumvention Tools

According to Iran’s list of Computer Crimes, the distribution of both circumvention technology and instructions to use such tools are both illegal. Violating these laws can result in severe punishment.

9 September 2014

The Iranian Government is Blocking Unregistered News Sites

Iranian news sites that do comply with registration requirements will receive a government subsidy.

22 August 2014

Iranian Minister Says Government ‘Never Promised’ to End Web Censorship

ICT Minister Vaezi's words contradict President Hassan Rouhani's pledge to lift bans on popular social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.