The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

Hossein Derakhshan

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 from 2008–14 for his writings and online activism. Derakhshan is the author of the longform essay ‘The Web We Have to Save’ (2015), a co-author of the Council of Europe’s report into disinformation, Information Disorder: Toward an Interdisciplinary Framework for Research and Policymaking (2017), and he has written for The New York TimesThe GuardianLibérationMIT Technology ReviewWired, and other outlets.

Talks and Screenings
 — CIJxICA Talks

Closed Circuit: Disinformation

The CIJ and the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) present Closed Circuit, a series of broadcast discussions on the status of information in the age of digital media. Bringing together figures from the worlds of journalism, politics, media theory and the arts, the series spans state-sponsored propaganda, ‘fake news’, revised histories, and the role of non-disclosure agreements and whistle-blowers in the shaping of public perceptions.