Squeezing Off The Internet

Noah Shachtman reports on the internet crack down:

“Before this we could bypass filtering by using proxy websites, the links for which were distributed daily among friends by email. But now the Iranian communication ministry has also begun to tackle proxy websites too,” one Iranian student said.

In response, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is asking the State Department and the Voice of America to become more actively involved in the information conflict. The group wants the U.S. to provide tools and expertise to the Iranian opposition, so it can hopscotch over the government’s filters. The State Department already asked Twitter to reschedule maintenance downtime, in order to keep the service up for Iran’s activists. Twitter has become a primary outlet for pro-democracy supporters to communicate with the outside world.