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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 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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Latest posts by Mahsa Alimardani

24 September 2015

‘Halal’ Internet Advertisements Pop Up in Toronto, Canada

'Halal' Internet refers to Iran's national intranet project, but ads for censorship software associated with groups of parents protesting Ontario's sexual education curriculum are using the term.

23 September 2015

The Arrest of Arash Zad, Iran's Start-Up Kid

Global Voices Advocacy

A popular technology blogger and pioneer of Iran's start-up scene is quietly arrested at Tehran's international airport. A strange turn of events for someone not involved in an dissident activity.

15 September 2015

Saudi King Pays a Short Visit to an Iranian Victim of the Mecca Crane Incident

Saudi King Salman visits an Iranian victim of the Mecca crane accident, which killed 107 pilgrims on Friday. Some say it is a PR exercise while others praise Salman

14 September 2015

Learn To Speak English With a ‘Pershian’ Accent

The group behind the project explains, "As a Persian living outside of Iran, I miss speaking Farsi. Whenever I hear someone speak with a Persian accent it makes my day."

7 September 2015

Iranian Newsha Tavakolian Wins Prestigious Prince Claus Award for Her ‘Bold’ Photography

She dedicated her award to "all colleagues who risk their lives telling stories of others that no one listens too.''

5 September 2015

The Privilege of My Canadian Passport Weighs Heavy As the Refugee Crisis Unfolds

The Bridge

Passport privilege is perhaps the most valuable thing in the middle of the unfolding refugee crisis. Should a document be able to determine life or death in this world?

28 August 2015

Is Telegram's Compliance with Iran Compromising the Digital Security of Its Users?

Global Voices Advocacy

Telegram has been complying with the Iranian government to block features, a cause for privacy concerns on a platform that boasts secure communication.

23 August 2015

Son of Green Movement Opposition Leader Comes Out in Support of Iranian Nuclear Deal

"As a professor of law who was banned from teaching in Iran, I strongly support the nuclear deal," Mohammad Taghi Karoubi declared in a video.

18 August 2015

An Icon of Iran's Reform Movement Joins Anti-Nuclear Deal Efforts

Ahmad Batebi has caused a social media stir by denouncing the nuclear deal and appearing in an ad produced by an offshoot project of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Saeed Kamali Dehghan on Covering Iran for The Guardian

The Bridge

"The common problem in many western media organisations is that they see Iran as black and white, and Iran is not like that. It’s a spectrum, it’s a rainbow.”

16 August 2015

Iranians Coordinate a Global Event to Support the Iranian Nuclear Deal

"I have no idea who is doing this, but it's kind of awesome."

4 August 2015

Iran to Partially Lift Ban on BBC

Iran announces BBC World news will be allowed to operate temporarily inside Iran, while the ban on BBC Persian is to continue.

3 August 2015

Iran Closes Down Hardline Newspaper After Anti Nuclear Deal Coverage

Global Voices Advocacy

Iran's Press Supervisory have closed down 9 Dey, a hardline newspaper that has published dissenting views to the nuclear deal signed between Iran and the P5+1 countries, signed in Vienna on...

23 July 2015

Talking to Iranian Feminist Author Nina Ansary on the Eve of Change in Iran

The Bridge

Mahsa Alimardani talks to the author of Jewels of Allah, a new book that sheds light on feminism in contemporary Iran.

Protesters Rally Against Iranian Nuclear Deal in Times Square

17 July 2015

After 6 Years in Jail, the Iranian ‘Blogfather’ Says Today's Internet Has Changed—for the Worse

Derakhshan, a former Global Voices writer, was incarcerated for six years for his blogging. His first English-language piece since his release criticizes the current state of the Internet.

15 July 2015

‘The World Has Changed': Bold Statements From Iranian Newspapers in Reaction to Iran Deal

Even publications that have taken a critical stance on the nuclear negotiations gave the news of an agreement neutral coverage.

14 July 2015

Disappeared Juvenile Iranian-Kurdish Activist Resurfaces Months After Scheduled Execution

Historic Iran Nuclear Deal Finishes in Vienna

"Today could have been the end of hope on this issue. But now we are starting a new chapter of hope."

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