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Derek Lowe, an Arkansan by birth, got his BA from Hendrix College and his PhD in organic chemistry from Duke before spending time in Germany on a Humboldt Fellowship on his post-doc. He's worked for several major pharmaceutical companies since 1989 on drug discovery projects against schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases. To contact Derek email him directly: Twitter: Dereklowe

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June 17, 2009

Politics: Proxy Servers Revisited

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Posted by Derek

Just a quick update to my post the other day on proxies for the Iranian protestors. The San Francisco Chronicle has an article on Austin Heap, the fellow whose web site I linked to the other day. He and a number of collaborators are doing a lot of hard work trying to keep lines of communication open from inside Iran.

If any of you are trying the proxy server thing (as I am with my home machine), be sure to check this update. You'll need to make some adjustments, since the (current!) Iranian government isn't making this easy, naturally.

There are other information tunnels, which rapidly get to be beyond my own hardware resources and hacking skills, but many people seem to be at work on these. One interesting addition to the fray is the anti-Scientology group known as Anonymous. Since my opinion of Scientology is nearly as low as my opinion of the Iranian government, I can only welcome this meeting of the minds.

Comments (7) + TrackBacks (0) | Category: Current Events


1. L. Ron Hubbard on June 18, 2009 11:05 AM writes...

That's it, I'm deleting this site from my Favorites!

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2. Sili on June 18, 2009 11:33 AM writes...

The enemy of your enemy is not necessarily your friend. But if /b/ (or part of it) is doing good for the time being, so much the better.

@1, heh. I should known the Elron Cupboardists were keeping an eye on The Ebol Pharma.

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3. Boojum on June 18, 2009 1:55 PM writes...

A quick question. You mentioned your twitter account and posting updates from Iran there, but what is your account, so we can see these updates?

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4. AnonymousNow on June 18, 2009 4:02 PM writes...

We got your back Iranian citizens!

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5. AnonymousNow on June 18, 2009 4:45 PM writes...

"The enemy of your enemy is not necessarily your friend. But if /b/ (or part of it) is doing good for the time being, so much the better."

Anonymous is no longer /b/, that ended about 1.5 years ago at the start of the Scientology war... which you apparently missed. Don't believe everything you read on Wired. It's easier to critisize someone actually doing something good than to actually do something good yourself. I will agree with that inadvertant point. There are also a lot of people that simply reference /b/ to make them feel as if they know what's going on, when they don't.

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6. Paul S on June 19, 2009 3:07 PM writes...

I've had a dirty thought recently about the current crisis in Iran. One thing that has puzzled me since the election is why Ahmadinejad was so ham-handed in rigging it. You mentioned, Derek, that it was probably this that set off the protests, that a subtler approach might have netted Ahmadinejad the presidency without protests even though people might still suspect something.

We in the US are used to thinking of Ahmadinejad as a thug - brutish strongman with no particular subtlety or guile. But he managed to get to the top of a (literally) cutthroat political system, so I think he can't be a stupid man.

He came up from the Republican Guard, and I have read some recent analyses that suggest that the RGC might be emerging as the early, quiet winners in the current struggle. Khameini must have the support of the Guard if he's to control or suppress the protests. And there are some indication that the Guard is using that as a lever to grab some (perhaps a lot) of the Supreme Leader's power.

So I'm wondering now if perhaps this was arranged for that purpose? I wouldn't put it past Ahmadinejad to botch the election on purpose in order to spark a reaction like the one we're seeing, thereby creating a situation that would strengthen the RGC and give them greater power in Iranian affairs.

Whether it was set up this way or not, the RGC does seem to be exploiting the protests in ways that might not be to anyone's benefit but theirs.

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7. Sili on June 21, 2009 3:02 PM writes...

Thank you, #5,

I obviously went with my gut-impression instead of doing proper research.

Story of my life.

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