MONTREAL – People around the world are being urged to support the Iranian uprisings by becoming an honorary citizen of Iran – at least in Cyberspace – in order to thwart efforts to censor information.
Twitter has emerged as the platform of choice from Toronto to Tehran for the dissemination of information about the political unrest that ensued following Friday’s national election.
In 140 characters or less, users are posting their thoughts about Iranian politics as well as links to protest videos and tips for helping to keep the information gatherers out of harm’s way.
In one link, Tweeters are being urged to set their location to Tehran and reset their time zone accordingly because it’s harder to find the information gatherers if everyone becomes an Iranian.
The University of Toronto’s Munk Center for International Studies is also among the many groups making software available to Iranian Internet users so they can bypass government restrictions.
However, Greg Elmer of Ryerson University’s Infoscape Research Lab suggests the tactics are unlikely to thwart Iranian authorities for very long.