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Iran Takes Aim at Google, Wikipedia in Latest Internet Censorship Effort

“Google and Wikipedia appear to be the latest victims of Iran’s online censorship efforts, just two days after the Iranian government repeated — once again — that it’s planning to loosen its grip on the Internet. Iran has reportedly blocked access to another Google service, the hosting platform Google Sites, and censored at least two sensitive Wikipedia pages in Farsi in the last couple of days. It’s unclear at this point if these blocks are government mandated, but if they are, activists think they would expose the Iranian government’s double-sided stance on Internet freedom.” (via Mashable)

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Chicago schools order book on Iran out of some classrooms

“The Chicago Public Schools ignited controversy this week by ordering that “Persepolis,” a critically acclaimed graphic novel about a girl growing up in Iran at the time of the Islamic revolution, be removed from some classrooms. CPS Chief Executive Barbara Byrd-Bennett said on Friday that the district was not banning the book, by Marjane Satrapi, but had decided that it was “not appropriate for general use” in the seventh grade curriculum.” (via Reuters)

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The power of Twitter (or not) in Iran

USA Today – “Twitter’s role in the Iran elections and in the women’s movement there has been analyzed and dissected endlessly. In a South by Southwest Interactive panel here on “2009: Iran election: Women’s Revolution? Twitter Revolution?”, two Iranian women and a college professor lauded Twitter but kept things in perspective.”

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State Department to Twitter: Keep Iranian tweets coming

Anderson Cooper 360 – “Senior officials say the State Department is working with Twitter and other social networking sites to ensure Iranians are able to continue to communicate to each other and the outside world. By necessity, the US is staying hands off of the election drama playing out in Iran, and officials say they are not providing messages to Iranians or “quarterbacking” the disputed election process.”

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