Cameran Ashraf

Cameran Ashraf is an Iranian-American digital rights activist and social entrepreneur. In 2009 he assembled the team providing digital security to the high value activists and key websites of Iran's Green Movement. Cameran and his team defended critical websites against state-sponsored attack, secured communications for hundreds of in-country activists and citizen journalists, distributed proxy servers used by over 40,000 Iranians daily, and enabled more than 3 million protest video downloads from inside Iran.

As a result, Cameran co-founded, a human and digital rights organization dedicated to Internet freedom. In recognition of his work with Iran, the European Parliament selected AccessNow as a finalist for the 2010 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the European Union's highest human rights honor. He has been invited to speak at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, InternetBeta 2013, UCLA, and UCSD. He has appeared in the New York Times, National Public Radio, Wired Magazine, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, the New Internationalist, the Global Mail, and the Iranian state news agency FarsNews.

Cameran is currently completing his Ph.D. at UCLA on the geopolitics of the Internet.

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Latest posts by Cameran Ashraf

Who Do We Lose with Internet Censorship and Control?

"Through Internet censorship and control we lose an ability to be our own secret human – the one we are when nobody is around."

The Psychological Strains of Digital Activism

Iran's Green Movement marked one of the first large-scale movements where new media served as a platform for coordination and communication between activists and played a vital role in showing...

Understanding Iran's Cyberpolitical Context

Since I last posted, events on the ground and online in Iran have continued to escalate. This is broadly in line with my belief that the Iranian government has decided...

Cyber “long war” continues in Iran

The past few weeks have seen attention focused on Tunisia and Egypt in hopes of understanding what role, if any, information and communications technologies (ICTs) are playing in the recent...

Iran's Cyber Police, Geography, and the Psychological Denial of Service

National Public Radio reports that Iran is planning on dispatching “cyber police” across the country with General Ahmadi Moghaddam stating that “There is no time to wait” in deploying the...

Iran: Blocking activity, email interception, and renewed pressure on the Green Movement

The Tor Project reports that the Iranian firewall is now blocking or throttling Tor,  a number of other circumvention tools as well as SSL.  They recommend using bridges that are...

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