Hossein Derakhshan

author and media researcher (via video)

Hossein Derakhshan is an Iranian-Canadian writer and researcher who focuses on the long-term socio-political impacts of media and technology. In the early 2000s he introduced blogging to Iran which earned him the title of “blogfather.” He was imprisoned in Tehran for six years for his writings and online activism. Hossein was a 2018 spring fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, based at Harvard Kennedy School, USA.

He is the author of The Web We Have to Save, a co-author of Information Disorder: Toward an Interdisciplinary Framework for Research and Policymaking, and he has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, Libération, MIT Technology Review, Wired, and other outlets. While at the Shorenstein Center he focused on alternative futures for online and offline journalism, information disorder, and alternative algorithms.

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