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Iran's Recent Attempt To Censor The Internet!

By jacktheripperx ·
Over the past month, Iran's civil unrest in Tehran and other cities drew the spotlight closer as the world watched another example of the power of the Internet. From the onset of public demonstrations in response to the recent re-election of President Ahmadinejad, the government of Iran attempted to censor media coverage, going to the extremes to include ordering the news media to stay in their hotel rooms and censorship of the Internet. Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in Iran in protest. The only coverage of this historical event was what the citizens of Iran could disseminate via the Internet.

Although the government of Iran has bragged about their Internet filtering capabilities, their attempts were of little consequence as the world watched events unfold on websites such as Twitter, Facebook and You Tube. Hundreds of videos and pictures were uploaded on websites. Major news organizations were basing their stories on still images and text messages they received off the Internet, from those participating in the uprising. The world was at awe at not only the chutzpah of the citizens of Iran, but how much of a pivotal role the Internet played in getting the word out, despite the Iranian government's attempt to censor the media.

Internet filtering is nothing new. Like checkpoints at border crossings, countries can place checkpoints or filters on servers (that they control), that handle inbound and outbound traffic to their country. These filters look for keywords, that if detected can be logged and/or prevent that traffic from continuing its journey to the recipient. The origination of that keyword can then be traced back to the computer that was used to type in that keyword. Certain countries, like Iran and China, use this capability to identify and punish those individuals who they deem a threat to society. In essence, censorship with a cost.

That is one of the reasons that anonymous surfing through the use of proxy servers is critical to the efforts of those fighting censorship oppression. An effective anonymous surfing application will encrypt your Internet traffic, so the Internet filters cannot identify keywords, as well as redirect you to a proxy server, which masks your IP Address- in essence, protecting your identity.

There are numerous anonymous browsing applications available today. But, the majority of them use slow proxy servers, and some do not even encrypt your connection. Covert Surfer is popular among bloggers and others in support of freedom of speech and the fight against censorship. Covert Surfer uses high speed servers as well as 256 AES bit encryption to secure your Internet connection and bypass those Internet filters. During the Iranian crisis, Covert Surfer offered their anonymous surfing application for free to those trying to get the word out. Go to <a href="http://www.covertsurfer.com">www.covertsurfer.com</a> today and give it a test drive.

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