Cyber warriors join fight against censors and foil Iran’s bid to silence bloggers

Ehsan Zahedani, 27, is sitting at a table, checking his Facebook page. The student of politics and Iranian studies at nearby UCLA has more than 1,950 “friends” and his profile page is filled with posts, pictures and links to videos on YouTube — all about the protests in Iran.
Mr Zahedani is part of an informal online network across Southern California working to support the protesters on the streets and broadcast their message to the world.
A guerrilla war of slogans and strategies has played out on Twitter and websites such as YouTube as protesters have sought to get round the Iranian Government’s efforts to shut down communications outlets. Iranians in California are determined to do their bit to make sure that the censors do not win. Web-savvy supporters have pitched in to give technical support to those in the homeland trying to get round the blocks.
They have set up proxy servers, which can help to bypass censorship by hiding the identity and location of users. Hundreds of proxy servers all around the world have been set up for use inside Iran and, as they have been shut down, others have popped up.
One blogger put up an “Iran Election Cyberwarfare Guide” detailing how activists could support Iranian tweeters. Advice included: “Help cover the bloggers: change your twitter settings so that your location is Tehran and your time zone is GMT +3.30. Security forces are hunting for bloggers using location and timezone searches. If we all become Iranians, it becomes much harder to find them.”
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