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How To Help the People of Iran || #iranelection
I don't know who really won the election in Iran, but I do know that the government's violent crackdown on the hundreds of thousands of people protesting the outcome of the election and the possible fraud committed by the leaders of their country is unacceptable.
Iran has long been a nation of bloggers, now the people of Iran are sharing their voices with the world even as the government blocks access to websites such as Yahoo, Gmail, Facebook, and Twitter, steals satellite dishes off rooftops, prevents journalists and other media from covering what they see, and more.
Here is how you can help the voices of the people be heard.
Do NOT post lists of Iranian Twitterers and bloggers online.
Do NOT RT tweets from Iranian twitterers with @username. Say "RT from Iran" instead.
These actions endanger the lives of these brave men and women. Never forget that real people are being beaten, arrested, and killed in Iran for speaking out against the government.
How You Can Help
Do report fake Iranian Twitters, trolls, and suspected plants to Twitspam. A few known plants include @persian_guy and @serv_.
Do change the location and timestamp of your Twitter account and/or blog to Tehran (or another Iranian city) and GMT (+3:30). This will make it harder for the authorities to find the real Iranians.
Do set up proxy IPs for Iranians to use. Instructions can be found at iran.sharearchy.com.
Do NOT publicize proxy IPs, especially over the #iranelection and #gr88 hashtags. Instead, DM them to @stopAhmadi, @iran09, or @ProtesterHelp and they will distribute them to Iranian bloggers.
Do learn a little Farsi:
دنیارابگوییدچطورآنهاانتخاباتمان دزدیده اند
'Tell the world how they have stolen our election'
Montage of the Protests
- Cyberwar guide for Iran elections - Boing Boing
The original guide to helping the Iranian protesters online
- #iranelection - a set on Flickr
A powerful set of photos from the streets of Iran. (Some graphic.)
- ONTD: Politics: Iran Tag
Discussion and resources to help the Iranian protesters
- BBC NEWS | Middle East | Internet brings events in Iran to life
Links to websites, blogs, Youtube, Twitter and Facebook feeds covering the aftermath of the Iranian elections.