Tuesday, November 9, 2004
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The Iranian Internet crackdown
Alas, this section got cut from the conclusion of "Web of Influence":
Unfortunately, as my co-author Henry Farrell points out, this point can now be seen in Iran. Nazila Fathi reported on it yesterday in the New York Times:
Jeff Jarvis argues that, "They [the mullahs] will fail. This can't be stopped now."
UPDATE: For some more background on this crackdown, which has been going on for the past few months, check out this Hossein Derakhshan post from two months ago (link via Rebecca MacKinnon) as well as this Human Rights Watch press release from last month.posted by Dan on 11.09.04 at 04:08 PM
There was a good article in TNR about this some time ago.posted by: praktike on 11.09.04 at 04:08 PM [permalink]
Of course, government censorship of blogs & the internet as a whole presents the sort of technical challenge that keeps system programmers like me employed. If certain domains & IP addresses are blocked there are various ways around it, including but not limitted to:
* the google cache
Rather than bitch about this, why not ask Clay Shirky for some advice? He loves this kind of challenge in social programming. Heck, he can probably get a master's student to do some prototype implementations.
!posted by: Today on 11.09.04 at 04:08 PM [permalink]
BadBlue is a tiny personal web server that can intelligently provide an anonymous proxy service for just these occasions.
See the help page for BadBlue's OfficeSurfer feature for more info.
Set one up and distribute to your friends. You can also search Google for pre-existing OfficeSurfer boxes, I think there are a bunch.posted by: director on 11.09.04 at 04:08 PM [permalink]
hopefully folks can figure out a way to break through. it's so vital to battle the mullahs.posted by: mls on 11.09.04 at 04:08 PM [permalink]
Shameless plug to your FP article.posted by: Grad Student on 11.09.04 at 04:08 PM [permalink]
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