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Iran President Exchanges Tweets With Twitter Co-Founder

Posted 10.02.2013 | World

Iran President Hassan Rouhani exchanged tweets with Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey on Tuesday, offering a window for interpretation over what the less...

Twitter, Facebook Speed Up Afghan Coverage

Abdulhadi Hairan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Abdulhadi Hairan

"Is anyone in Kabul hearing booms and pop-pop of gunfire? Or is it just me?" This was one of first tweets about the January 18th terrorist attacks in the heart of the capital of Afghanistan.

Facebook, Twitter and the Search for Peace in the Middle East

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Arianna Huffington

At a tech conference I attended recently in Abu Dhabi, I gave a talk about how to use social media to promote peace in the Middle East. I was struck by how willing many of the Arab leaders were to fully embrace these new social tools.

The Wrong Debate: Why We Should Stop Debating Technology's Relevance and Start Figuring Out How to Effectively Leverage It

Susannah Vila | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Susannah Vila

As new technologies are not going anywhere and activists are bound to incorporate them, it's an opportune time to take concrete steps towards shaping the next 10 years of activism.

Separating Wheat From Chaff

Susan Landau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Susan Landau

The U.S. government is helping dissident groups across the globe get access to new types of communications technologies. The plain folk are speaking, and the U.S. government is listening.

Remembering Neda -- One Year Later

Austin Heap | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Austin Heap

When authorities in Iran scrambled to stop the flow of information in the days after the election, I found a way around the restrictions, creating proxy servers and hiding encrypted data inside official Iranian government internet traffic.

Oxfordgirl: The Twitter User Taking On The Iranian Regime

Guardian | Matthew Weaver | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

As the resident of a quiet village in Oxfordshire with a plummy accent to match, she makes an unlikely revolutionary. But she has become a key player ...

A License to Chat

Matthew Sugrue | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matthew Sugrue

An important symbol of U.S. support in Iran would be to state unequivocally that anything that helps the Iranian people speak out against repression should be allowed -- and, indeed, encouraged.

Some in Congress Get Smart on Iran

Patrick Disney | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patrick Disney

When it comes to sanctions, bigger is not always better. If Washington wants to do something on Iran, it should first stop helping the Ahmadinejad government repress its people.

Iranian Protesters Should Be Time Magazine's "Persons of the Year 2009"

Yasamin Beitollahi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Yasamin Beitollahi

If an innocent girl is shot halfway across the world, does she make a sound? Yes, and the whole world hears her.

Iranian Twitter Hackers Briefly Silence Narcissists

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

A group calling itself the Iranian Cyber Army briefly hacked the social messaging service Twitter last night, frustrating the efforts of narcissists to share their most mundane and banal thoughts.

The Unconstitutional Un-Islamic Republic of Iran

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

With increasing accounts of rape, torture, forced confessions and skewed judicial proceedings, the Iranian government is losing any credibility it had left, including any legitimate claim to Islam.

New Anti-Terror Weapons: You, Me, iPhone & Twitter

W. David Stephenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
W. David Stephenson

Crafting an effective strategy to productively involve the general public in homeland security should center on two technologies: mobile communication devices and Web 2.0 social media.

Iran's Red Tulip Revolution

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

With each death at the hands of the regime, a martyr is born, and with each martyr, the seed of revolution is planted.

The Basij Are Cordially Invited to Join the Opposition

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

Thanks to their new duties, which include increasingly violent and inhumane acts, reports of Basiji taking protesters up on their invitations to join the opposition movement are growing.

Hey DJ Rafsanjani, Play Us Some Ayatollah Khomeini

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

At the heart of Iran's Islamic Revolution was a stencil duplicator and a tape recorder. These were the Ayatollah Khomeini's Facebook and Twitter.

Bearing Witness 2.0: You Can't Spin 10,000 Tweets and Camera Phone Uploads

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Arianna Huffington

When deadly riots broke out in China last week, the Chinese government sprang into message control mode. It choked off the Internet, blocked Twitter, and deleted updates and videos from social networking sites. At the same time, it invited foreign journalists to take a tour of the area. The Chinese have clearly learned the lessons of Iran. READ MORE Shattering the Right vs. Left Prism Once Again: The Wall Street Journal Goes After Goldman and the Bank Bailout Even the capitalist Bible is taking shots at Wall Street darling Goldman Sachs. We've now reached the point where the only people defending the administration's Wall Street policies are the people benefiting from them -- or their good friends, Tim Geithner and Larry Summers. READ MORE

Twittercraft: Foreign Policy by Other Means

Michael Shtender-Auerbach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shtender-Auerbach

For better and for worse, America's technology companies have a demonstrated record of driving crucial foreign policy outcomes, and Washington must make it known when it believes a foreign cause is just.

If Iraq Was Main Stream Media's Failure, Will Iran Be Social Network Media's Failure?

Max Keiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Max Keiser

Social networking sites and blogs are naturally emotional and subjective, but a healthy democracy needs also to have a dispassionate journalism that is able to question the motives of sources.

Can Women Change The Course Of History In Iran?

Dr. Judith Rich | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judith Rich

Writing my doctoral dissertation on "The Future of Feminism: Where Do We Go From Here?" in 1995, I never imagined the answer to that question would be found in the streets of Tehran.

Strategic Caution

Lawrence Korb | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lawrence Korb

Obama has shown that he understands, even if his domestic critics do not, that knowing when not to act, and speak, is as strategically important as knowing when to do so.

Jose Antonio Vargas: Tiananmen + Web = Tehran

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

In the past week or so, a meme has circulated on the Web: "Tiananmen + Twitter = Tehran." But it's not just about the so-called "Twitter Revolution." ...

Jason Linkins

Bush Adviser: Twitter Deserves Nobel Peace Prize For Iran | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

A Nobel Peace Prize? For delaying a scheduled maintenance to keep the information flowing? I'm trying to imagine how that commemorative statue looks on the National Mall and I'm just not seeing it.

The Two Faces of Twitter: Revolution in a Digital Age

Darrell West | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Darrell West

At the same time that Twitter and Facebook facilitate grass-roots communications, though, these technologies sow the seeds for future political repression.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Arianna Huffington

This week's events in Iran have been a defining moment for new media. The people tweeting from demonstrations and uploading video of bloody violence taken with their camera phones have been able to tell a powerful story, in real-time, and circumvent the efforts of the mullahs to control the media and the flow of information. Social networking, often derided as the public preening of people with too much time on their hands, has been transformed into an indispensable tool for organizing and keeping the world informed. You know that journalism's tectonic plates have shifted when the State Department is asking Twitter to postpone shutting down for scheduled repairs so that the on-the-ground citizen reporting coming out of Iran could continue uninterrupted. And happy Father's Day to all our HuffPost Dads!