Monday, June 15, 2009

A Nation of bloggers

One great advantage that Iranians have now that they didn't have in 1999 or 2003 is the blogs. The politically vibrant youth of Iran, that I keep praising for their political awareness are compulsive bloggers. The blogosphere is safe, it cannot be infiltrated.

IRAN: A Nation Of Bloggers from ayrakus on Vimeo.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

how are bloggs kept safe from infiltration Ted...? eoghan

Ted Leddy said...

Eoghan,

You can express your opinion on a blog anonymously, virtually all Iranians do. In the past, like in 1999 when there were huge student protests taking place, all the discussions and planning was taking place on university campus. Inevitably somebody working for the regime, or who owed the regime something, would rat everybody out. I should clarify though that the blogosphere is not completely safe from infiltration, but it is a lot safer than sitting around a student dorm hurling abuse at the regime. A student dorm got raided in Isfahan on Monday night, at least one student was killed.

Anonymous said...

yea ted, but what I meant really was that, I heard that facebook, yahoo, bebo, google, all those were being closed down by the Iranian authorities, so that even web based communication was becoming tricky. How are bloggs insulated from this...

Ted Leddy said...

Eoghan

Its true, the Iranian authorities have shut down most servers used in Iran which has put facebook, twitter and the blogs out of business. However Iranian exiles living in America and elsewhere (probably with the help of the US state department) have set up "proxy servers", something like a middle man, which has enabled many prominent bloggers and dissidents to continue their on line activities.