The crucial role the internet is playing in enabling Iranians (and the rest of the world) to access uncensored information about what is happening in the post-election dispute has been well documented. It is obvious that social media tools like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and blogs are very important, otherwise the Iranian government would not be putting so much effort into trying to prevent online access.
Avaaz.org often uses online petitions to build momentum on any issue – a method which I’m sometimes not overly convinced is very effective. But their current campaign encouraging donations to assist those inside Iran to obtain online access looks like a very worthwhile and practical one. The current brutality of the Iranian government might be fading from the headlines a bit, but it is certainly still occurring.
Avaaz’s site outlines why this is in important:
We urgently need to help Iranians get back on the internet to have their voices heard in Iran and the world. Secure and anonymous “proxy services” are helping people to bypass regime controls and get online — but they’re overloaded and running out of funds. A small donation can provide bandwidth for hundreds of secure emails.
Proxy services provide people with a single link at which they can freely access the internet. The link is changed every time the regime blocks access to it. With 10,000 donors, we can scale up the proxy services massively — providing more servers, bandwidth and advanced technical support.
Click here to find out more.