CmdrTaco from the learn-a-new-word-today dept.
Death Metal writes "Iranians seeking to share videos and other eyewitness accounts of the demonstrations that have roiled their country since disputed elections two weeks ago are using an Internet encryption program originally developed by and for the US Navy. Designed a decade ago to secure Internet communications between US ships at sea, The Onion Router, or TOR, has become one of the most important proxies in Iran for gaining access to Web sites such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook." A related story was submitted anonymously about the efforts of hactivists to keep the information flowing inside the data-locked nation.
EsonLinji writes "The Seattle PI and othersources are reporting that the US State Department has asked Twitter to delay system maintenance to prevent cutting off Iranians who have been using the service during the current crisis.
An anonymous State Department official stated that Twitter has become a key form of communication after authorites shut down cell phones, newspapers and web sites." Link to Original Source
This is a great idea and I'm all for putting more accountability into government, but there is one big problem.
Things change. What is a good solution today may not be a good solution tomorrow, or it might still be a good solution but a better one might turn up. No one should be forced to do what they said they'll do four years ago regardless of what happened.
That given, they should have a damn good explanation of why they've changed their position.