Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Twitter and Iran

BTW - if you want to see the amount of twitter info on Iran and 'the election' - type in #Iranelection -or just Iran into twitter search

Its not voting that is democracy - its the counting of them: Tom Stoppard

1)Twitter users were posting “#CNNfail” on thousands of tweets Saturday night saying that their coverage of important news like the Iranian elections were downplayed by the cable network.

2)The U.S. State Department contacted the social networking service Twitter over the weekend to urge it to delay a planned upgrade that could have cut daytime service to Iranians, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.

"We highlighted to them that this was an important form of communication," said the official of the conversation the department had with Twitter at the time of the disputed Iranian election. He declined further details.

Bester News

On-line info fills the 'News' void for Iran

3)The absence of mainstream media in Iran has been filled with a dizzying array of clandestine video, cellphone photos, blogging and thousands of Twitter posts.

Below, the five best resources to use to keep up with the country's rapidly evolving post-election uprising.

Demotix: A citizen-journalism news and photo site with more than 5,000 members around the world, and the best way to get a handle on the flood of information. Supported by Amnesty International, Reporters Without Borders, and openDemocracy, among others.

Nico Pitney's live blog with video: Housed on the Huffington Post website, this up-to-the-minute account covers both on-the-ground reports and mainstream coverage. Pitney has chops. He's Deputy Research Director at the Center for American Progress.

Twitter/Twazzup: For newcomers to the ubiquitous social-media service Twitter, this search engine aggregates real-time tweets on Iran from a variety of sources.

YouTube: More than 100 short, homemade videos, many of the cellphone variety, directly from the heart of the action.

Picasa: A photo-sharing website that presents a vast pictorial document of events on the ground.

Toronto Star

4)Fox News Video on Iran and Twitter and facebook and Twitpics - here

5)The University of Toronto's Munk Centre for International Studies is one of many groups that have been providing software to Iranian Internet users to bypass government restrictions on web access.

The Iranian regime has ramped up efforts to stifle dissent in the wake of a controversial election result by cracking down access to text messaging and social networking websites.

But Twitter has remained operational because of proxy servers set up to bypass the government's cyber blockades.

"Iran's revolution is going to go down as our first real cyber war. Hacking, counter-hacking, spreading proxy servers," user withak53 said around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday on the #Iranelection feed.

Twitter has been flooded with reports that the government has siphoned off access websites such as, Yahoo Messenger, Facebook and YouTube.

Ref: CTV

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