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Friends in Iran, journalists and technicians, are saying that judiciary officials have ordered all major ISP to filter all blogging services including PersianBlog, BlogSpot, Blogger, BlogSky, and even BlogRolling. They have also ordered to filter Orkut, Yahoo Personal and some other popular dating and social networking websites.

Anyone know if TypePad or LiveJournal are being blocked? Is Google doing anything about this?

UPDATE from #joiito: [Catspaw] Joi: Livejournal and Typepad both accessible form the major Iranian ISPs

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I'd also be interested in knowing if Bloggers Without Borders ( www.b19s.org ) is blocked, as this is exactly the kind of thing we're tryiing to beat.

We should be fine. A friend of mine will test it later today (it's six am in Iran, right now, and she just got up) and let me know. Theoretically, if the wall blocks by IP, we're good. If it blocks by domain names, we'll have to dig a bit deeper, but that's currently not fully implemented, yet.

To tack one onto that - we (BwoB) have asked our representatives to bring this issue of Iranian censorship and repercussions against webloggers up during the sessions. We have so far one non-committal answer and a few promised to come. All will be available online as soon as we have some definitive facts.

Typepad.com just found released in China, as well blogs.com.

That's great news Isaac! Thanks

No one can use Typepad in Iran, because no one has any kind of credit card. (Can you believe it?) LiveJournal is not popular at all either.

I mentioned to an Iranian orkut:penpal that Joi had written this up, giving url http://joi.ito.com/archives/2005/01/07/the_great_wall_of_iran.html
only to hear "This page is also filtered." :(

I also mentioned http://www.b19s.org/
Reply,
[[
This site is not blocked yet! however let me inform you that some ISPs have been ordered earlier than others, so if it is blocked by some, it will be blocked by all soon enough, it's just a matter of a day or two.

Orkut, for example, was not blocked totally by last night, I'm not sure about today, some ISPs still had it running, as I said, it's just a matter of time, some received orders and some will, soon.

Let me tell you the address we are taken when a site is blocked:
http://81.91.144.70/index.htm

It also says in Persian that :
"If the address you wished to go to is blocked by mistake,
send us the URL."
Of course I did it for Orkut, but as we all know now, it is not blocked by mistake!
]]

Just noticed yesterday on Orkut demographics that Persians are #3 in demographics..

I wonder if site who write about the blockage get blocked as a rule...

Ha, Ha, the filters are not working ...

How in the hell can you stop a digital underground. You can not!

Enjoy the power while you can as the date with the democratic destiny is coming ...

Tor for Iran! http://tor.eff.org/

some isp's are connected to goverment, so they probalby will not block orkut

one isp has been closed down gu goverment already beacause they did not block orkut

do not blame isp please

also this site is not blocked

I am an IT professional, you can have more details if you want, and more, orkut is blocked fully with almost the most important ISP and ICPs, and partially with a lot of others. Blogs have the same situation. There are some stories which no one knows, a cntradiction between Government parts. It‘s wonderful, and also foolish!

Hi...PLZPLZ...PLZ...Plz...PLz/// HELP US>...........................................Plz Send Us How Can We Go to ORKUT.COM...IT is filtered...
we need some proxies,,, THX ALOT..
BUHBYE

You can use google as webproxy! Just let it translate the page you want to see from any language, f.e. portuguese to english - then you have the original page (because there is nothing in portuguese to translate) but from the google website!

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