I’m Ali Reza Hayati /ælI rɛzɒ hæjɑ:tI/. A social activist, privacy advocate, and software libre enthusiast working to help people learn about their rights in society.
I’m an independent educator, researcher, and blogger. I’m also an advocate for privacy in both online and offline worlds. I’m currently working to found my own tech/software company.
I first studied industrial engineering and then business management in college, but later started studying computer science/engineering. However, I’m not quite a technical person. I’m more of a scientist than an engineer.
As a social activist, I try to let people know about the things that have less of a voice/tribune than others. I try to show people the prevailing social status and I fight against oppression, injustice and inequality. I campaign against social injustice and modern dictatorships along with many of our mates.
I fight for freedom and justice for all people, regardless of the empty ridicules boundaries and without believing in the superiority of one over the others.
I was a founding member of Houp. Houp was a company started as a business but later continued to do not-for-profit works to help building awareness in our digital world. I stopped working there to be able to work independently.
I also am a contributor to various software libre projects. I only use software libre and I try to contribute to them as well. From translating to writing code, I do whatever I can to give back to the community. For example, I translated the Crabgrass software to Persian and made it usable for Persian-speaking activists. I also am a moderator to bring GPG software to Apple computers.
I’m also an associate member of Free Software Foundation where we have a global mission to promote computer user freedom. We defend the rights of all software users by promoting the philosophy of software libre. As an software libre enthusiast, I try to educate people about freedom of their computers.
I’m a cypherpunk. I highly advocate for widespread use of strong cryptography and privacy-enhancing technologies. I’m an active member of some cypherpunk societies and I teach people about their privacy and rights over anonymity.
I regularly do presentations and provide resources to teach people about privacy and freedom.