Bio: Amir Rashidi
Amir Rashidi, Internet Security and Digital Rights Researcher
Amir Rashidi is the internet security and digital rights researcher at the Center for Human Rights in Iran, where he conducts in-depth research, data collection and analysis on internet security and access in Iran, internet policy and infrastructure, and the tools and methods of state-sponsored censorship and hacking. Amir is frequently interviewed on internet freedom issues by international and Farsi-language media and provides detailed briefings to the media, to members of the NGO internet freedom community and to leading private sector companies. Amir was a women’s and students’ rights activist in Iran prior to the 2009 crackdown. In 2011, he received the Hellman/Hammett Award from Human Rights Watch for his human rights work in Iran. His educational background is in software engineering. Previously he taught computer science and worked as a web developer for major multinational companies.