With Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Telegram banned or blocked in Iran, digital distribution of information has been severely limited in the wake of recent anti-government protests, but a one-way satellite transmission service called Toosheh, continues distributing content and the demand is said to be rising. Mehdi Yahyanejad is founder of Balatarin.com, a user-generated news website in Persian that played a crucial role in the pro-democracy movement in Iran in 2009. He is also the director of NetFreedom Pioneers, a nonprofit organization that provides access to digital information via satellite to regions of the world with limited internet access. He has a PhD in Physics from MIT and is a researcher on anti-censorship tools at University of Southern California.
January 4 / Huffington Post