Website to identify protestors from pictures
A photograph of Saneh Jaleh, who was killed on Monday, posted on Facebook. The Iranian-American Web site Tehran Bureau reports that, “A day after a university student was shot to death during anti-regime protests in Tehran, a battle is being waged for his soul.” The student, Saneh Jaleh, was reportedly killed on Jamalzadeh Street, north of Azadi Street, near the center of the protests on Monday in Tehran.
By Ian Gallagher UPDATED: 04:16 GMT, 6 February 2011 Sitting on an upturned bread basket with her knees pulled up to her chest, a petite young woman looked out over Tahrir Square early yesterday morning and weighed up whether she should stay or leave. Gabrielle, 25, is a French-Egyptian property lawyer, one of the thousands of young protesters who have remained at the focal point of Egypt’s uprising since it began 13 days ago. Exhausted, she yearns to return to the comfortable home she shares with her younger sisters and anxious parents – also lawyers – in the upmarket Cairo suburb of Heliopolis ten miles away.
As the political impasse in Egypt continues, a number of prominent Egyptians have called for President Hosni Mubarak to step down, to open the way for negotiations on a transitional government that can run the country until new elections. Ahmed Zewail, a Nobel Prize-winning chemist who left Egypt for the United States in the 1970s and is President Obama’s special envoy for science to the Middle East, sketched out a path to resolving the crisis in an Op-Ed article published in Wednesday’s International Herald Tribune. Mr. Zewail, who arrived in Cairo the same day to meet with members of the opposition and the government, wrote: “In order for this plan to succeed, President Hosni Mubarak must step down now.”
A California-based company helped Egypt surreptitiously inspect internet messaging by protesters since the beginning of the uprising in Cairo and other cities, according to an advocacy group. “Free Press” says the firm, located in Sunnyvale, Ca., provided Telecom Egypt with the technology enabling government security forces to “peek in” on internet traffic from browsers, emails, Twitter and Facebook posts. Network providers have used so-called “deep packet inspection” (DPI) software for years in order to examine the bits of digital information, called packets, that make up an email or other transmission, in order to find spam, computer viruses, and other malicious code on their systems. “Anything that comes through (an Internet protocol network), we can record.
Farhad Manjoo wrote an article in Slate : The Revolution Will Not Be Digitized: How the Internet helps Iran silence activists . Consider this: According to the Wall Street Journal , Iran has one of the world’s most advanced surveillance networks. Using a system installed last year (and built, in part, by Nokia and Siemens), the government routes all digital traffic in the country through a single choke point. Through “ deep packet inspection ,” the regime achieves omniscience — it has the technical capability to monitor every e-mail, tweet, blog post, and possibly even every phone call placed in Iran.
By: Dan Verderosa , Posted: Dec 15 09 Regions: Iran Issues: Elections , Freedom of opinion & expression December 7 was Student Day in Iran, a day when students traditionally commemorate the deaths of three Iranian students who were protesting the Shah in 1953. This year, the Student Day protests were especially poignant because they demonstrated that Iran's Green Movement is still very much alive.