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posted 21 March 2003 09:41 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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When Iraq's foreign minister made a controversial visit to Iran recently, the news was broken first on the internet. When one of the country's most outspoken dissidents made a speech that landed him in prison last summer, the full text of it could only be found in cyberspace.
For young men and women looking for romance, or for clerics seeking to educate, the internet is where information flows without barriers in this normally conservative society.

The electronic media has given Iranian journalists a new lease of life, allowing them to write stories that newspapers are too timid to publish.

However, even as Iranians log on to find out the first results of last Friday's local elections, there are signs that the internet may be coming to an end.

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Willowdale Wizard
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posted 21 March 2003 10:48 PM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
that crackdown is already happening. here is a BBC News story on youth being arrested for internet dating.

there is an interesting group called Hactivismo that is distributing open source software to evade governments that want to censor/filter access to the internet.

"Camera/Shy" was developed for democracy activists operating from behind national firewalls. It allows users to trade in banned content across the Internet. Camera/Shy is the debut release from Hacktivismo, a special operations group sponsored by the CULT OF THE DEAD COW.

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posted 21 March 2003 10:53 PM      Profile for DrConway     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
CDC also made Back Orifice, you know, so they're not all unalloyed good.
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