Darius Kazemi

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Darius Kazemi
Born (1983-07-27) July 27, 1983 (age 35)
EducationThomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
OccupationComputer programmer, artist
EmployerFeel Train

Darius Kazemi (born July 27, 1983) is a computer programmer and artist.[1] With Courtney Stanton, he is co-founder of technology collective Feel Train.[2]

Early life[edit]

Kazemi was born on born July 27, 1983.[3] He attended Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia, then college at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts.[4]


After college, Kazemi became a video game designer.

In 2012, Kazemi began making bots on Twitter, drawing particular attention for work like his "wordfilter", a feature that enabled bots to avoid racial slurs.[5]

Kazemi is the author of Jagged Alliance 2, a book describing the people and process behind the development of the video game Jagged Alliance 2.[6] Kazemi's text is the fifth in a series of books on video games published by Boss Fight Books.

In 2015, Kazemi released a project called the "Ethical Ad Blocker,"[7] which not only blocked ads, but also blocked all websites that contained ads, so that users would not take content for free from sites that rely on advertising dollars.[8] Speaking to Vice's Motherboard, Kazemi explained the project, which made a huge number of websites inaccessible to those who'd enabled the Ethical Ad-Blocker was meant to dramatize the conflict traditional ad-blockers raise in allowing users to avoid ads but depriving websites of the revenue streams they rely on: "I like the idea of codifying a moral high road and then showing people in practice that the moral high ground is not an attainable thing."[9]

In 2016, Kazemi released a Bernie Sanders video game, called Bubble Burst Bernie, developed with Rob Dubbin and artist Tim Luecke for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.[10]

At Feel Train, Kazemi and Stanton have developed the StayWokeBot[11][12] in collaboration with activists DeRay Mckesson and Samuel Sinyangwe,[13] as well as the Shortcut app with radio program This American Life, which allows listeners to share audio clips on social media much like gifs facilitate sharing video clips.[14] Feel Train has a forthcoming Twitter bot project called Relive 44 that, beginning in May 2017, will repost every tweet from President Barack Obama (President Obama posted his first message to Twitter in May 2009).[15]


  1. ^ Eördögh, Fruzsina (August 10, 2015). "Inside an Instagram Bot Farm". Motherboard. Vice. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  2. ^ Shavin, Naomi (October 11, 2016). "A New Tool From This American Life Will Make Audio as Sharable as Gifs". Smithsonian. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  3. ^ Kazemi, Darius. ""Today's my 35th birthday..."". Twitter. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  4. ^ Neyfakh, Leon (January 24, 2014). "The botmaker who sees through the Internet - The Boston Globe". Boston Globe. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  5. ^ Jeong, Sarah (March 25, 2016). "How to Make a Bot That Isn't Racist". Motherboard. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  6. ^ Walker, Austin (October 15, 2014). "Jagged Alliance 2 by Darius Kazemi Review: A Material History". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  7. ^ Chiel, Ethan (September 22, 2015). "Finally, a Chrome Extension Solves the Ad Blocking Debate". Fusion. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  8. ^ Meyer, Robinson (September 22, 2015). "The Ethical Ad Blocker Magically Solves All Ethical Ad-Blocking Problems". The Atlantic. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  9. ^ Velocci, Carli (October 7, 2015). "The Creator of 'Ethical Ad Blocker' Is Trying to Build an Ethical Tech Business". Motherboard. Vice. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  10. ^ Wawro, Alex (May 6, 2016). "Lapsed game dev returns to make a Bernie Sanders game for The Late Show". Gamasutra. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  11. ^ Chiel, Ethan (August 15, 2016). "Twitter Bot That Helps You "stay Woke" Is Building an Activist Infrastructure". Fusion. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  12. ^ O'Connell, Ainsley (4 August 2016). "Stay Woke--With Help From A Bot". Fast Company. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  13. ^ Dewey, Caitlin (11 August 2016). "The next frontier of online activism is 'woke' chatbots". The Washington Post. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  14. ^ Shavin, Naomi (October 11, 2016). "A New Tool From This American Life Will Make Audio as Sharable as Gifs". Smithsonian. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  15. ^ Machkovech, Sam (January 5, 2017). "Obama White House social media, Trump campaign receive expansive archives". Ars Technica. Retrieved 24 January 2017.

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