Computational Systems and Technology

Balatrarin founder Medhi Yahyanejad joins ISI

Medhi Yahyanejad, who founded a Persian language social and political news website that has become a popular locus for protests against the Iranian regime, joined ISI’s Computational Systems and Technology group in [NOTE: April?], 2013.

Called Balatarin, the site aggregates user-posted web links, comments and other functionality with the goal of fostering information and freedom of expression among Iranians. Balatarin has been used for spreading news of governmental opposition and coordinating anti-regime protests, and is now censored within Iran. Mehdi’s research group, called “Information and Society,” will focus on web 2.0 and social media. Welcome, Mehdi!