We’ve Been Honored by YBCA

I’m honored to share that I have been selected by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) as one of the 2018 YBCA 100. The award is granted to people, organizations, and movements that are using their platforms to move society forward. Its an acknowledgment of our...

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United for Iran Condemns Execution of Mohammad Salas

Dear friends, In the early hours of Monday June 18th, Iranian authorities executed Mohammad Salas, a 50-year-old Sufi man from the Gonabadi Dervishes Order, disregarding grave concerns about the fairness of his rushed trial. Mr. Salas was accused of driving a bus that...

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U4I Concludes 1st Round of IranCubator

Dear friends, I’m pleased and honored to share that United for Iran is successfully concluding the first round of IranCubator, our app incubation project to promote civil liberties in Iran. In the last 18 months, we developed about one dozen mobile applications—some...

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7 Ways You are Helping the People of Iran

With your support, we have been able to help more people than many thought possible. Two years ago, we decided to use technology to improve social welfare. We dreamed big and had an inkling that, with your backing we will go beyond what many believed to be possible....

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We Moved Twitter to Action

We have great news to share! Twitter has accepted our call and now provides improved account protection to users in Iran. Twitter made the change after thousands of you joined us in signing a petition. Last month we asked you to join our campaign, pressuring Twitter...

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New Protection for Iran’s Brave Activists: the Hafez App

Withholding information is the lifeline of tyranny. Today, we are proud to announce the release of Hafez, IranCubator’s latest app, which is designed to protect, empower, and inform human rights defenders. Last month, Iranian forces killed at least 25 protesters, and...

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What’s new at United for Iran

Sharing the Knowledge of Activists with Protesters As protesters took to the streets in cities large and small in Iran, the security forces responded by violence and mass arrests. At least 25 people were killed and—according to an Iranian official—3700 people were...

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Twitter Policies Harm Iranian Users

As I shared last week in an op-ed in WIRED, the practices of Silicon Valley tech companies are putting the safety of Iranian activists at risk. I’m emailing you today to ask you to support our petition and ask Twitter to protect Iranian protesters. Twitter denies...

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List of Tech Services that are Inaccessible in Iran

Despite years of advocacy by Iranian NGOs outside the country, as well as licenses from the US Office of Foreign Assets Control that exempt certain services and transactions from the sanction policies, tech companies continue to deny services to Iranians that could be...

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