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Update, June 16
Important! read #iranelection cyberwar guide for beginners
I’ve removed the gadget from my sidebar.
Iranian protesters are using any means possible to co-ordinate actions, gather and share intelligence, and provide the world with a constant stream of documented real-time information. They are twittering live from the clashes in the student halls and the protests on the street, posting images and videos of events as they unfold.
The Iranian authorities are doing all they can to block communications. SMS is blocked, websites hacked or firewalled, TV and Radio are obviously useless.
The protesters need constant supply of proxy servers. These servers are used to bypass the government blocks on Internet sites and messaging services. Of course, once the addresses of these servers are made public, its only a matter of time until the government blocks them. So its a constant race. There’s a chicken & egg problem here, in order to get the proxy server addresses you need to have an open communication channel.
Many people are using twitter to share the addresses of proxies as they emerge. What we need is a mechanism which would allow mass sharing of these numbers. Here’s a simple scenario: someone sets up a service which collects proxy server announcements from twitter and posts them on a site, with an outgoing RSS feed. that feed can then be syndicated and embedded in any site around the world, thus replicating the information and making it hard for the goverment to block it.
Should be easy for someone with the right skills & infrastructure, no?
I just posted this idea on twitter, and within 2 minutes got a response:
@yishaym Would this search/feed be useful to you:
I’m dreaming, right? This isn’t a real Playmobil prodoct on Amazon, right? Please, tell me this is a joke or something.
The best thing about this product is that it teaches kids about the realities of living in a high-surveillence society. My son said he wants the Playmobil Neighborhood Surveillence System set for Christmas. I’ve heard that the CC TV cameras on that thing are pretty worthless in terms of quality and motion detection, so I think I’ll get him the Playmobil Abu-Gharib Interogation Set instead (it comes with a cute little memo from George Bush).
This just in from Eric Lee:
This morning I received news that jailed Iranian teacher union activist Farzad Kamangar may be hanged within the next few hours.
According to the Education International, he has been taken from his cell in Tehran’s Evin prison in preparation for execution. The guards have told him he is about to be executed and they are making fun of him, calling him a martyr.
We need your help and we need it right now.
Send off your message to the Iranian president:
Pass on the this message to everyone you know who might support this campaign. We may only have a few hours left.
I know that I can count on your help. Thank you.
You can read more & send an e-message to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at:
The more I hear, read, think about it, the more I love this recession. Consider this: web2.0 is the child of the 2000 blip. What would a real, deep recession give birth to? Collective economies (rent / share vs. buy), unleashed human capital (shift from mums at home to equal partnership at home and at work), agile resource management. Out of necessity comes ingenuity. The stampeding bulls of the last few years have made it all but impossible for innovation to get a foothold – “if it ain’t broken” etc. It is broken, we know it, but as long as the economy expands – however artificially, no one will listen. Well, now they have to. Or at least they will, once they realize that “restoring consumer confidence” is just not going to happen without a shift in producer culture.
Yet there’s a dark side we can’t forget. Along the way to a more efficient, robust and sustainable economy, a lot of people are going to feel real pain. The question of just how much is a lot is the line between recession and depression.
You are invited to a recital and a talk with
The Oud & Violin virtuoso
A master of both Eastern and Western music, oud and violin artist
Taiseer Elias performs worldwide. He is founder/ conductor of the first
Orchestra of classical Arabic Music in Israel, and currently the
musical director and conductor of the Arab-Jewish orchestra of the JMAD
& the Music center in Jerusalem.
Elias has recorded with a number of ensembles including
“Like a modern Paganini, Elias’s playing was fast,
The performance is in support of UK friends of the Abraham Fund
http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/1320883 | http://eventful.com/london/events/taiseer-elias-concert-uk-friends-abraham-fund-/E0-001-017121312-3 | http://docs.google.com/View?docid=dnhkd52_11fpkzpbc4 | http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=55715582624
I know, the elections that will determine the fate of the world are in 3 days. In the meanwhile, you can practice at the Knight News Challenge. Ok, bad joke. The real story here is that I put in a last-minute bid, and I honestly think it’s got some value, so have a look and express yourself –
this project will connect existing open-source tools and web2.0 sites to create a platform that will allow users to broadcast and subscribe to news by location, time, and topic. Users will be able to send and receive items by SMS, MMS, email, microblogs, RSS, instant messengers and social networking sites. Users will also be able to tag and rate incoming items. The unique feature of the system is the ability to define a subscription “radius”, which will direct news from the proximity of the selected location / time / topic. For example, if I subscribe to sport news in a radius of 10km of my home, I will receive any item posted to that topic within that range. The proximity variance will create a dynamics of information cross-over, engendering unexpected links between communities of shared, or close, interest. Thus, the “small worlds” property of human networks will be expressed and enhanced, empowering individuals to access the knowledge they want and build communities around common agendas. The core of the system will be the news routing engine, which will collate items from a variety of sources and distribute them to masses of subscribers. The system will provide several straightforward user interfaces, via web, SMS commands, and iPhone and Android apps. More elaborate interfaces will be provided as components for social networking sites and mashups (e.g. with googlemaps). The requested funding is intended to cover the fist year of development and operation. After that, the system should sustain itself through advertising and commissioned channels. Users will have a choice of several subscription options, from free and open ad-supported to corporate rented closed and ad free. The free option will always be available, and will be supported by the paid ones.