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Mahsa Alimardani

Mahsa Alimardani is the Iran editor for Global Voices as well as 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 Research Masters at the University of Amsterdam, researching the Iranian Internet. She is also a researcher for the University of Amsterdam's DATACTIVE Research Collective.

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20 July 2016

PokéStops or Stopping Poké? Iran Reacts to the Pokémon Go Phenomenon

Global Voices Advocacy

How has one of the most restricted Internet environments, with censors on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, reacted to Pokémon Go?

Ayatollah Khomeini Died 27 Years Ago, But a Trump Advisor Still Wants Him to Condemn Last Week's Attack in Nice

Appearing on Fox News, Flynn said, “I want the Imam, or Khomeini, to stand up and be counted and to talk about this radical form of ideology in their bloodstream."

19 July 2016

Iranian Hardliners Want to Stop Blocking Twitter — to Defeat Saudi Propaganda

Global Voices Advocacy

Iranian hardliners, typically champions of Internet censorship, are calling on the government to stop blocking Twitter in order to counter Saudi Arabian propaganda against Iran.

5 July 2016

Goodbye to Abbas Kiarostami, a Filmmaking Legend Whose Vision ‘Transversed His Persian Roots’

Iranian cinematic legend Abbas Kiarostami died after a battle with cancer. We asked some of his fans to share their favourite scenes from the filmmaker's body of work.

9 May 2016

Iranian Blogger Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki Freed on Bail

"With every departure there is a return. Even when weak and ill we must stand and smile. We must go on..." writes Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki.

22 April 2016

The Iranian Physicist Jailed for Refusing to Work on Nukes Is Dying Behind Bars

For a brief moment on April 21, world attention shifted to the physicist who's spent the past five years in prison for refusing to work on Iran's nuclear program.

21 April 2016

Iranian Journalist Omid Memarian: ‘Turning Explosive Anger Into Something Constructive Is an Art’

The Bridge

"In Iran, you don’t need to go after the authorities to get into trouble. By merely following the common sense line and raising simple questions you could be targeted."

11 April 2016

Iranian Blogger Struggles for Health and Freedom After 18 Days on Hunger Strike

Global Voices Advocacy

Anti-censorship activist and blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki has been on hunger strike since March 26, and his health is deteriorating rapidly.

10 February 2016

After Revealing Workplace Sexual Harassment, an Iranian Newscaster Says It's ‘Time to Break Free’

Sheen Shirani has reportedly fled the country after posting evidence on Facebook that her bosses sexually harassed her. The case highlights the precariousness of women's roles in Iran's professional settings.

27 January 2016

Did a Text Message Lead to the Arrest of This Recently Released Iranian-American Prisoner?

Global Voices Advocacy

Another prisoner released in the swaps, Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari, appears to have been arrested to due to mass surveillance by Iranian authorities. His SMS messages were surveilled.

26 January 2016

Activist-Blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki Returns To Jail

Global Voices Advocacy

While much hope and happiness came with the lifting of nuclear sanctions and the release of Iranian-American prisoners in Iran, a blogger and activist returned to jail.

25 January 2016

Is ISIS Trying To Manipulate the Crypto Debate? Tech Experts Debunk Encrypted Email Video

Global Voices Advocacy

ISIS releases a new video that aims to play into fears over encrypted communication.

20 January 2016

Don’t Laugh, But Dubai’s Deputy Police Chief Would Like to Tell You About Obama’s ‘Shia Roots’

Dubai's deputy chief of police reasons the Iran Deal happened because Obama is Shia. Arab and Iranian social media users can‘t contain their laughter.

19 January 2016

British-Iranian Journalist Tweets Her Experience Being Denied Boarding on a Flight to the US

"My fully #British daughter can't attend her #American cousin's bday cos her mum was born in #Iran," wrote Rana Rahimpour, explaining how new restrictions prevented her from boarding the flight.

17 January 2016

Implementation Day in Iran: Nuclear Diplomacy Leads to Prisoner Releases and Sanctions Relief

An overview of "Implementation Day" for the lifting of nuclear related sanctions against Iran.

16 January 2016

Let's Not Forget There Are Still Political Prisoners in Iran

“If this release signals Iran’s desire for international reconciliation, so too it must move forward with national reconciliation.”

11 January 2016

Zam Zam Cola, a Symbol of Happier Diplomatic Times Between Iran and Saudi Arabia

Tensions rage between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Saudi has ended diplomatic ties, and Iran has banned all Saudi imports. But where does this leave Iran's popular Zam Zam Cola?

25 December 2015

Activist-Journalist Reflects on Meeting the Iranian Ambassador at a New York Holiday Party

"Iran will one day shine in a way that the Iranian Ambassador will greet Iranian women and journalists without fear and with pride."

16 December 2015

In US Republican Politics, ‘Hating on Iran Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry’

The Republican debate became a forum for factual inaccuracies and demonizing Iran.

7 December 2015

Iranians Photograph the First Snow of the Season

It often comes as a surprise to those unfamiliar with the country that Iran experiences all four seasons, including a snowy winter.

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