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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Anonymity On the Net and the Iranian Uprising

Nassim Nazemi, Northwestern University School of Law, has published DMCA § 512 Safe Harbor for Anonymity Networks Amid a Cyber-Democratic Storm: Lessons from the 2009 Iranian Uprising in volume 106 of the Northwestern University Law Review (2011). Here is the abstract.

In the summer of 2009, the world watched as Iranians took the online services that some of us have come to regard as tools of procrastination - services like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube - and turned them into the tools of cyber-democratization. The grassroots effort that came to be known as Iran’s Green Movement materialized from a flurry of tweets, status updates, and online videos. And when the Iranian government banned foreign journalists, grainy cell phone footage of peaceful street protests and the government’s brutal response filled the void and kept the world informed. Iconic images like the bloodied, awe-struck face of Neda Agha-Soltan captivated U.S. audiences and turned legions of casual observers into activists.

Download the full text from SSRN at the link.

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