Arabic: باسل خرطبيل
May 22, 1981
|Known for||Aiki Framework, Openclipart, Open Font Library, Fabricatorz, Mozilla, Creative Commons|
|Awards||Index on Censorship 2013 Digital Freedom Award|
Bassel Khartabil (Arabic: باسل خرطبيل) also known as Bassel Safadi (Arabic: باسل صفدي) (born May 22, 1981) is a Palestinian Syrian open-source software developer. Since March 15, 2012, the one-year anniversary of the Syrian uprising, he is currently detained by the Syrian government in Damascus at Adra Prison.
Khartabil was born and raised in Syria, where he specializes in open source software development. He has been CTO and co-founder of collaborative research company Aiki Lab and was CTO of Al-Aous, a publishing and research institution dedicated to archaeological sciences and arts in Syria. He has served as project lead and public affiliate for Creative Commons Syria, and has contributed to Mozilla Firefox, Wikipedia, the Openclipart, and Fabricatorz.
His most recent work includes a 3D photo realistic reconstruction of the old city of Palmyra (Syria), real time visualization, and development with Fabricatorz for the web programming framework Aiki Framework.
On March 15, 2012, activists say Khartabil was detained amid arrests in the Mazzeh district of Damascus. That day marked the one-year anniversary of the Syrian uprising, with pro- and anti-government protesters demonstrating in Damascus and elsewhere in the country. The organizers of the #FREEBASSEL campaign say he is now being held in the security branch of Kfar Sousa, Damascus. After his detention became widely known in early July, a global campaign was launched calling for his immediate release.
In April 2012, Khartabil was to have been married.
On March 15, 2013, the #FREEBASSEL project lead a #FREEBASSELDAY campaign with Creative Commons, Mozilla, and other community leaders which resulted in the creation of public artworks, meetups, press, and videos.
On May 22, 2013, commemorating Bassel Khartabil′s second birthday in prison and marking the 799th day of the Syrian conflict, the Index on Censorship, Creative Commons, and the #FREEBASSEL campaign joined forces to celebrate Khartabil′s achievements and to encourage others to send birthday wishes. In addition, by publicly launching Project Sunlight , the advocacy groups encourage action to uncover more information about Khartabil's condition and location.
On March 21, 2013 Bassel was awarded Index on Censorship's Digital Freedom Award. Although still detained at the time in Adra Prison, Bassel was able to communicate his gratitude through Dana Trometer and Jon Phillips receiving the award on his behalf, wherein he paid "respect to all the victims of the struggle for freedom of speech, and, especially for those non-violent youths who refused to carry arms and deserve all the credit for this award."
- "#FREEBASSEL: a campaign to free Bassel Khartabil from Syrian jail". Al Bawaba. 4 July 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
- Aiki Lab
- CC Syria
- "CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO BRING HOME LOVED AND CELEBRATED INTERNET VOLUNTEER DETAINED IN SYRIA". FreeBassel.org. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
- "As revolt against Assad enters 2nd year, ‘up to 500,000’ Syrians may flee crackdown". Al Arabiya. 15 March 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
- "Activists launch #FREEBASSEL campaign to bring about release of Syrian web entrepreneur, well-known in technology communities". Al Jazeera. 4 July 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
- Galperin, Eva. "Open Source Developer Bassel Khartabil Detained in Syria". Electronic Frontier Foundation. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
- "The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers: 19 RIMA DALI, BASSEL KHARTABIL". Foreign Policy. 26 November 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
- "The FreeBasselDay Event". freebassel.org. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
- "Free Bassel, Free Culture". The Huffington Post. 15 March 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
- "#FreeBassel: One Year Later, Syrian Netizen Remains in Prison". Global Voices Online. 15 March 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
- "Family of Syria Internet guru appeals for EU help". The EU Observer. 15 March 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
- "#freebassel: Syrischer Netzaktivist sitzt seit einem Jahr im Gefängnis". Netzpolitik. 15 March 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
- "Seit einem Jahr in Hafts". Taz. 15 March 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
- "Birthday wishes for Bassel Khartabil". Index on Censorship. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- "Today is Bassel’s second birthday in prison". Index on Censorship. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- Harmon, Elliot. "Bassel Khartabil’s Second Birthday in Prison". Creative Commons. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- Phillips, Jon. "FREEBASSEL SUNLIGHT: Celebrate Bassel’s Birthday". Fabricatorz.
- "Imprisoned internet pioneer Bassel Khartabil wins Index on Censorship Digital Freedom Award". Creative Commons. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
- "Bassel Khartabil Wins Index on Censorship Digital Freedom Award". Fabricatorz. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
- "Winners – Index Awards 2013". Index on Censorship. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
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