The Promises and Pitfalls of Digital Activism with United4Iran's Mohammad Ghaffarian

Lecture | October 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 140 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Mohammad Ghaffarian, United4Iran

 Human Rights Center, Middle Eastern Students Association

Mohammad Ghaffarian's work as a civil society
activist began in 2005 when he was a student in
Electrical Engineering at Ferdowsi University of
Mashhad in Iran. He was detained in 2008 and 2010
and sentenced to prison and lashes, but escaped to
Turkey before his sentences could be executed.
Now in the role of United4Iran's Irancubator Project
Coordinator, Ghaffarian develops Android apps to
enhance civic engagement and government
transparency, including tools that relate to domestic
violence, voter and election information, and
reproductive health, and a censor-evading pirate
radio podcast app. Mohammad will discuss how
technology can be used to enhance, or violate,
human rights.

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