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Just following some of the Iranian election hashtagging going on in the Twitterverse and came across this article in the New York Times that gives a brief overview of how technology, specifically Twitter, has allowed the tech savvy Iranian protesters to evade government censors, continue to organize, and to let the world know and see what is actually going on down on the ground in Tehran.

Social Networks Spread Iranian Defiance Online – NYTimes.com

Jonathan Zittrain, a professor at Harvard Law School who is an expert on the Internet, said that Twitter was particularly resilient to censorship because it had so many ways for its posts to originate — from a phone, a Web browser or specialized applications — and so many outlets for those posts to appear.

As each new home for this material becomes a new target for censorship, he said, a repressive system faces a game of whack-a-mole in blocking Internet address after Internet address carrying the subversive material.

“It is easy for Twitter feeds to be echoed everywhere else in the world,” Mr. Zittrain said. “The qualities that make Twitter seem inane and half-baked are what make it so powerful.

What a powerful way to create democracy around the world.  One Person = One Broadcaster indeed.

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Written by Alyss Dixson

June 16, 2009 at 4:57 am

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