Internet Geographer


Twitter, the Cloud, and the Iranian Election

The New York Times published an interesting article about social networks being used by Iranian opposition groups and protesters. One of the most interesting bits of the article relates to the way that a cloud of information about the protests is being created. This cloud is increasingly difficult, or probably even impossible, to censor because there are so many sources uploading information in so many ways. An ocean of information has been created that can be relatively easily sifted though using tags (such as #IranElection). The tags serve as focal points in the cloud, and blocking them would be an effective means of censorship. However, up until now, organisation in the cloud has remained outside of Teheran’s control.

The article can be found here.
Mark Graham