The recent history of governments vs. the Internet

RIM-UAE dust up only the latest example of countries fighting access

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Iran vs. Twitter

After the results of the fraud-riddled Iranian presidential election rolled in last year, thousands of angry Iranians took to the streets to protest the continued reign of incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. One of their key weapons in keeping the outside world apprised of their activities was through Twitter, as Iranians used the micro-blogging site to provide real-time updates of rallies and actions. The Iranian government was none too keen on this, of course, and it began severely throttling users' access to the Web in hopes of choking off the stream of information leaking out of the country. While the government didn't succeed in censoring Iranian tweets altogether, it did slow many of them down to a trickle and successfully undermined the protesters' ability to organize.

Winner: Iran


Republished with permission from Network World (view original version)

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