I’m Ali Reza Hayati (pronounced ælI rɛzɒ hæjɑ:tI), an anarchist, hacker, cypherpunk, blogger, free culture activist, and privacy advocate. I advocate for widespread use of strong cryptography and privacy-enhancing free (as in freedom) technologies. I work to promote computer user freedom and free software movement, and I help people to own their own computing and understand their rights in their digital life.
In college, I studied industrial engineering, then went to study business management, but changed my major to computer science after a year. I volunteered in various labs and projects to understand how computers are made and worked to make computer programs respect users. I believe it should be the user who controls the software, not vice versa.
As a privacy advocate, I educate people to be able to protect their privacy and I fight for people to be sure their privacy is respected. I encourage people to fight against surveillance capitalism and I help them to ensure they can win their fight against it.
As a free culture activist, I am very careful about my computing. I only use software that gives me control over my computers and respects my privacy. I fight for computer user freedom and free (as in freedom) software/culture. I am also part of the GNU Project and am an associate member of the Free Software Foundation, promoting computer user freedom worldwide.
I help various communities, collectives, and projects to develop and to support more people. Most of them are related to free software or are working on liberatory social change. I translate, improve their software, help with campaigning, work in public relations, or help people with possible problems they may encounter.
As a cypherpunk, I highly advocate for widespread use of strong cryptography and privacy-enhancing technologies as a route to social and political change. An anarchist cypherpunk typically fights for a society where people are in control, not any rulers or so-called masters.
As a public service and act of civil disobedience, we are proud to offer the DeCSS code that will allow you to circumvent the encryption on the DVDs you own. Your DVD, your hardware, your choice! (Please do not ask me technical questions about this code; I have never used it.)
Also, here is the decryption key used for most HD-DVD movies:
09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0
I have never used this, either, I’m publishing it here because the MPAA is attempting to suppress public knowledge of it.
Finally, the HDCP master key. These magic bits defeat the HDCP scrambling that attempt to prevent you from viewing high-definition video on the hardware of your choice. (No, I’ve never used this either.)