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June 17 2009

Twitter Can fight Oppression

Written by / Posted in Contest, Good Cause / 5 Comments

You may be able to help thousands or more people in Iran to twitter what is going on with their protests using free speech.

Change your twitter time and city to Tehran to protect the identity of Iranians protesting their government.

The short story is that last week in Iran there was a presidential election that was apparently very close.

There is now apparently a large amount of censorship going on in Iran of phones and internet.

Twitter in Iran is one of the few ways of getting info out.

The twittersphere is saying, that if you change your city to Tehran, and your timezone to Tehran, then you can help mask the identity of those twittering out their reports of what is going on.

If you want to follow along, watch this page for a while. #IranElection

The old government who has been in power is what you would expect from Iran recently.

The new presidential candidate, that these protestors support, is in favor of things like freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

If you want to help, change your twitter city to tehran, and your twitter location to tehran. If you want to help even more, then tweet about this.

Iran is very possibly the most powerful country in the middle east. The direction that things go there over the next week may have a very powerful effect on our daily lives in terms of our own personal and national security in the rest of the world.

Time to be a citizen of the world my friends!

Signing off, dk the jew, who is persian for the week. 🙂

  1. TweetFind said on June 17th, 2009 at 2:12 am

    Great post DK. Hopefully Twitter keeps on helping those voices that need to be heard.

  2. Iman Jalali said on June 17th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    It’s really amazing how quickly the world and technology changes… in 1999 there were pretty large protests in Tehran and a few university students were killed… communication/internet in Tehran became difficult and the regime was able to silence the protests. With tools like twitter information/news travels so quickly that it’s close to impossible to stop… this could be a revolution in 140 characters or less 🙂 Great post DK!

  3. Fajar said on June 17th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Power to the people… ! (and twitter….). Hopefully the technology can help establish the freedom of speech over there. Great blog DK!

  4. SnowBall said on July 16th, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    What a good idea to change your location to protect the real Iranians. I have a friend who is persian and I remember him telling me about how bad it was back in Iran. Not sure what city he was from, but he has a blog now and is way into technology and blogs about politics and current events. It is amazing what technology can do for communication.

  5. anamika said on October 10th, 2011 at 2:53 am

    This is indeed a brilliant idea to voice your thoughts! Things are really bad in Iran and twitter is helping them to communicate and share their views. Superb use of technology to come up with solutions to problems and reach millions of people.

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