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Our Story

in Baaroo Foundation

Who we are

Baaroo members have gathered in 2011 to help human rights defenders. Its prime and fundamental aspirations were to create and promote a culture of consciousness, fortify the cyber security of the Iranian activists and mitigate the risk in their activities. In this regard we launched the IST website, Baaroo podcast and embarked on producing educational materials as booklets and pamphlets as well as in-person training. Alongside digital news coverage and introducing secure circumvention devices, we also interviewed numerous activists and shared their experiences through diverse media such as podcast, infographics and pamphlets.

We established a team of experts in diverse disciplines including launching website, server and client security to provide activists with free services. By examining organized attacks, namely distributing malware and other attacks, we successfully provided institutions and individuals with free services.

Mobilizing for Action

Building Capacity in Our Coalition, provides tools and tips on how to start a coalition, expand a coalition, create shared goals and infrastructure, determine community readiness, identify key leaders/stakeholders, engage youth in prevention, and create a healthy, culturally and equal society.

Training and mentoring

mentoring entails informal communication, usually face-to-face and during a sustained period of time, between a person who is perceived to have greater relevant knowledge, wisdom, or experience (the mentor) and a person who is perceived to have less,

Creating and sharing information

For who has turned information into action with their advocacy campaigns: collecting data, creative ways of visualizing data, digital ways of sharing this information, and the security risks one should evaluate before implementing these activities.

We stand for a free and open Internet

We believe that a free and open Internet can bring about a better world. To keep the Internet free and open, we call on communities, industries and countries to recognize these principles. We believe that they will help to bring about more creativity, more innovation and more open societies.

We are joining an international movement to defend our freedoms because we believe that they are worth fighting for.

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Organizational and Management Structure

Baaroo consists of several departments each focusing on specific subjects: Capacity Building, Knowledge Exchange, Research and Support. Each department has a coordinator who ensures the smooth operation of the projects and programs of the department. The logistical organizations as well as daily administrative works are carried out by the Executive Assistance. The Financial Manager manages the project finances, provides formats, performs control actions, and provides financial updates to the coordinators of each department and the executive director. This part is supported by a bookkeeper. The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management of the team. The executive director, reports directly to the board of directors of the organization that serve on volunteer basis. The board of directors is responsible for policy-making and overall supervision of the organization and ensuring that Baaroo is achieving its vision through execution of the set mission. We also work with knowledge experts and freelancers on contract-base, and seeks supports in achieving its projects’ goals from its network of volunteers.