Well before a fraudster named Austin Heap, was fooling the world that his non-existent Haystack software was breaking the internet filter barriers in Iran [see here], a young Iranian computer genius, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, was the real hero who was helping the people of Iran achieve their inalienable right: ‘access to free information’.
At the time when Austin Heap was receiving Guardian’s Media Innovation Award and getting state department exemptions for a product that never existed, Hossein Ronaghi’s proxies were demolishing the regime’s fortress walls which were attempting to contain and control the flow of information to the Iranian people.
Hossein’s proxies which circumvented the regime’s online censorship, were released under the name of Babak Khorramdin, an ancient Iranian hero from the Azeri part of Iran, who resisted the Arab invasion for 22 years and died defiant like a true hero.
To pay for the costs of his proxies, Hossein, a computer student from Arak university, laboured on building sites. He had even bought a server inside Iran and continued to release his proxies during the post-election protests at the height of the internet … >>>