Cameran Ashraf · February, 2015

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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