Ali Reza Hayati

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Ali Reza Haytai (ARH) is a privacy and human rights activist currently based in Iran working to help people learn about their rights in society. He is teaching people how to protect themselves from proprietary software and privacy-violating services. He believes people should be owner of their own information and fights big tech and governments to stop their mass surveillance.

Most of his works are non-for-profit teachings to people to learn about their rights. He writes notes, follows news, helps people understand software, help companies meet the most user-friendly privacy requirements/terms, and even more. He currently writes a blog on and maintains a personal website on


ARH was a founding member of Houp. Houp was a group of technologists, privacy activists, engineers, security specialists, and designers who were interested in a free, secure, privacy-focused, and beautiful worldwide web. He left the group to start researching about users’ rights in online world.

He is also a contributor to libre software communities. He works in many different fields, from translating to writing codes to help libre software communities achieve more. He participated in some famous projects like VLC, Mozilla, Tor Project, and Mastodon.

ARH was previously a document organizer in Iran’s National Document Registration Office. He worked to make an online database of registered documents to prevent paper use and make better usability for document registering offices.

Ali Reza Hayati worked as a user experience designer in some companies like FanAvaran Rayaneh, Milad Designing Group, and Lotus Furniture as well as many freelance projects that he has done during years.