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SOS – geeks needed!

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Update, June 16

Important! read #iranelection cyberwar guide for beginners

and How to setup a proxy for Iran citizens (for Windows!)

I’ve removed the gadget from my sidebar.

Original post

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:


Yes! thanks – see my new sidebar.

Update 2

@PsiphonInc says:

#Psiphon proxy node for #iranelection http://digg.com/u15jQN No download Just click&surf w/out #censorship

also, see comment about TOR

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June 15, 2009 at 1:13 pm

I <3 England

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“This field has not in any way been dedicated to the public for any purpose what so ever”

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February 3, 2009 at 12:57 am

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do playmobil security guards dream of green nailclippers?

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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).


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January 22, 2009 at 2:33 am

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save Farzad! act NOW

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This just in from Eric Lee:

farzad_kamangarThis 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.

Eric Lee

You can read more & send an e-message to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at:


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November 26, 2008 at 12:35 pm

Rescession without depression?

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(copied from my comment on Tim O’Reilly’s comment on the Boston globe’s Depression 2009: What would it look like?)

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.

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November 17, 2008 at 3:14 am

Taiseer Elias @ Goodenough college, 27 October

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The Abraham Fund Initiative Logo GoodEnough Logo

You are invited to a recital and a talk with

Taiseer Elias

The Oud & Violin virtuoso

Presented by
UK friends of The Abraham Fund Initiatives
in collaboration with the Goodenough College Middle East Club

Taiseer Elias
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
White Bird, Bustan Abraham, Ziryab Trio (of which he is the musical
director), Menachem Wiesenberg & Tabea Zimmermann (“The Malta
Concert” -Classics Live) and others. He has also composed music for
theater and films.

“Like a modern Paganini, Elias’s playing was fast,
furious, and techically superb. Anyone who doubts the merits of Arabic
classical music will find his or her argument difficult to sustain, in
the light of this man’s brilliance.” Mohammad Hijazi, Bill Board.

The performance is in support of UK friends of the Abraham Fund

When: Thursday, November 27th


Where: The large common room
William Goodenough House
Goodenough College
Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2AB
Cost: FREE
donations are welcome, suggested
£5 for students/unwaged
£8 for others

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November 8, 2008 at 5:05 pm

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vote for small worlds network!

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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.

(by the way, LabourStart2.0 seems to be doing pretty good)

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November 2, 2008 at 2:37 am