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Iran's Web Spying Aided By Western Technology

Original post made by Sharon, Midtown, on Jun 21, 2009

Fascinating report, Iran is very sophisticated at identifying who is saying what, maybe better than China
From the WSJWeb Link
"Deep-packet inspection involves inserting equipment into a flow of online data, from emails and Internet phone calls to images and messages on social-networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
Every digitized packet of online data is deconstructed, examined for keywords and reconstructed within milliseconds.
In Iran's case, this is done for the entire country at a single choke point, according to networking engineers familiar with the country's system......
Users in the country report the Internet having slowed to a crawl, estimated at less than a tenth of normal speeds.
Deep-packet inspection delays the transmission of online data, unless it is offset by a huge increase in processing power, according to Internet experts.

Iran is "now drilling into what the population is trying to say," said Bradley Anstis,

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Posted by mike
a resident of Stanford
on Jun 23, 2009 at 1:39 pm

Perhaps the most powerful image that did get out was the video of the young woman sot in the heart and dying.
It was all over the web in hours with millions of views.

I would think that Siemmens has a trap door in their software that could disable the tracking, they should activate it.

Germany, France and England have forcefully condemned the Iran regime,
I guess we and the UN are just voting " present" intil we, and they, see where the wind blows.
The UN probably thinks that there must be an " Oil for Foog" scam in there somewhere.

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 23, 2009 at 3:39 pm

The young shot in the heart on the heart was 26yr old Neda Agha-Soltan

Wiki linkWeb Link

She will a powerful symbol in the Shia culture world wide as it venerates such martyrs.

Small mercies "The family was not asked to compensate the state for the £1,800 "bullet price" cost of the security operation that families of other victims were forced to pay"

What is so striking about the protests is that so many vibrant young women are involved, apparently 65% of college students in Iran are women.

Many local software engineers in the Valley are helping the Iranian students with work arounds to the censorship and tracking systems there-- good for them-- hopefully the Electronic Frontier will get more involved

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