SXSW – 2009 Iran Election: Twitter Revolution? Women’s Revolution?



  • 1:23 PM: saulpims No one would call the French revolution a pamphleteer revolution. Defaced bank notes more important 4 spreading information. #sxswiran
  • 1:24 PM: hastac Parry: Why isn’t the Saffron Revolution (Burma 2007) burned into more Americans’ consciousness? Because of Twitter. #sxswiran #sxswi /RS
  • 1:24 PM: deZeeuw RT @acarvin: Kasra: Iranian blogosphere has changed the way men and women interact. Restricted in real life, but not in comment threads. #sxswiran
  • 1:25 PM: RenZephyr Safton revolution, before the Green one is not burned into out contiousness #sxswIran #sxsw
  • 1:29 PM: stealingsand RT @acarvin: Countless people tweeted the Neda video w/ the phrase “Her name was Neda.” phrase personalized the protests forever. #sxswiran
  • 1:29 PM: sxswsa Roja Bandari: Iranian women been fighting for rights for 100yrs. Tech made decentralised organisation possible. #sxswsa #sxswiran #iran
  • 1:30 PM: Jillfoster Twitter humanized Iran 4 Americans. Propoganda / policy were inconsequential. Iranian people became less “other”. #sxswiran @ericbazeSXSW
  • 1:30 PM: jtepper2 RT @demotix: Women covered the elections in Iran and provided images to mainstream press #sxswiran #sxsw http://bit.ly/8ZZ2DT
  • 1:31 PM: Kalabird RT @acarvin: Bandari talking about how protests logistics spread from Iran to expat community in SoCal. First distributed Iranian movement. #sxswiran
  • 1:31 PM: YNHMedia Really fascinating conversation happening at the #sxswiran panel. Great info on women & their activist work in Iran – blogs a great tool.
  • 1:31 PM: Mazi #sxswiran panel says Twitter changed perception of Iranians in US, from negative & evil to freedom lovers #sxsw
  • 1:31 PM: sxswsa Roja Bandari: Green movement followed in the footsteps of women’s rights movement in online, non-hierarchical activism. #sxswsa #sxswiran
  • 1:34 PM: mack005 RT @johnmjones: .@monaism Women bloggers in Iran are very frank, bold, & argumentative; not like the media/gov’t stereotype of meek & submissive #sxswiran
  • 1:35 PM: CenDemTech RT @ahoymehearties: Interesting that websites geared toward social change are allowed to thrive in Iran. #SXSWIran #sxswi
  • 1:35 PM: kirbstr #sxswiran censoring mentions of women to “prevent pornography” blocked women’s rights groups
  • 1:35 PM: Kalabird Iran blocked every web site that came up with the search for “women”. #sxswiran
  • 1:40 PM: omarg In Iran, Internet speeds were were throttled to slightly-better-than-dial-up speeds; search term “women” was blocked. #SXSW #SXSWiran
  • 1:40 PM: wseltzer #sxswiran Women’s movement predated, leveraged new communications tech. Iran used anti-porn as pretext to censor searches for ‘women.’
  • 1:41 PM: johnmjones .@academicdave Iran is emulating China’s censored net; “if you can provide entertainment, you’ll silence 90% of critics” #sxswiran #ipad
  • 1:41 PM: Mazi Panelist Roja ‘s friend, journalist, got arrested in Iran #sxswiran #sxsw
  • 1:41 PM: sxswsa David Parry: Provide entertain’t & shopping, & block politics, then 90% of people will be happy & you can go after 10%. #sxswsa #sxswiran
  • 1:42 PM: keaakre internet makes people more social — not less #sxswiran
  • 1:42 PM: jtepper2 #sxswiran Foreign journalists relatively well treated in jail. Iranians beaten.
  • 1:43 PM: nicoleburley #sxswiran talks about Nokia selling tools to Iranian gov allowing them to monitor and arrest demonstrators /via @Mazi <-#Nokia #Fail
  • 1:43 PM: Kalabird Parry: tech can reshape how we interact, and how government opresses people. #sxswiran #sxswnp
  • 1:43 PM: Heewa Excellent discussion on social media, technology and the 2009 Iran Election at SXSW. #SXSWIran
  • 1:43 PM: hastac Takeway from @academicdave: Net makes ppl more social, not less. We need to look more at corp assistance for repressive govs. #sxswiran /RS
  • 1:43 PM: lesliehatfield Can we really say that tech makes pol more or less social? I’m thinking the world is more complex than that #sxsw #sxswiran
  • 1:43 PM: jtepper2 #sxswiran Panel hasn’t mentioned that Ahmedinejad has support in Iran. His supporters don’t use Twitter much. Twitter self-selecting…
  • 1:44 PM: ahoymehearties Iran blocked all websites including the word “zan” (woman) at one point, claiming it was a porn-blocking move. Shades of Aussie. #SXSWIran
  • 1:44 PM: agardina Repressive gov’ts can use tools like Twitter to achieve their goals in the same way a pro-democracy groups can. – @monaism #sxswiran
  • 1:44 PM: johnlangdon Listening to the #sxswiran panel at #sxsw
  • 1:44 PM: RenZephyr “gender equality is inevitably a part of the green movement’ #sxswIran
  • 1:45 PM: Kalabird Green movement is so intertwined with the women’s rights movement in Iran. #sxswiran #sxswnp
  • 1:45 PM: Jillfoster Kasra just blew my mind. Iran gov was censoring online search for “women.” ( feeling naïve… ) #sxswIran via @acarvin @lesliehatfield
  • 1:45 PM: hastac Bandari is talking about the inseparability of the Iranian women’s rights movement and the Iranian democracy movement. #sxswiran #sxswi /RS
  • 1:45 PM: keaakre women and twitter BOTH very influential in the Iran election #sxswiran
  • 1:46 PM: agardina Was the 2009 Iran Election a Twitter or women’s revolution? I think it was a movement facilitated by Twitter as a tool. #sxswiran
  • 1:46 PM: playtogive Kasra just blew my mind. Iran gov was censoring online search for “women.” ( feeling naïve… ) #sxswIran via @acarvin @lesliehatfield
  • 1:47 PM: johnmjones .@acarvin asks the first question at #sxswiran: what role did other social media play in the green revolution?
  • 1:47 PM: ruby Questions for #sxswiran panel: 1. Are you familiar with @negaratduke’s work and “vailed men?” 2. Whatever happened to @hoder?
  • 1:47 PM: jasonwhat At #SXSWIran panel tweetphoto.com
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  • 1:48 PM: Roja_B balatarin.com very important tool for Iran #sxswiran
  • 1:49 PM: johnmjones A: by @monaism FriendFeed was popular, but blocked. @roja_b Google Groups were huge, Persian sites were huge, but off western radar#sxswiran
  • 1:49 PM: kirbstr Shoutout to #balatarin and #friendfeed and #googlegroups usage in #Iran #sxswiran
  • 1:49 PM: lguite Cool! Google Groups played big part in 2009 Iran Election also. #sxswIran
  • 1:49 PM: YNHMedia Tech can be used to connect people beyond geo. & can reshape the way we act, but can also reshape how oppressive govts act, too. #sxswiran
  • 1:49 PM: LosRanchosEM following @acarvin and #sxswiran
  • 1:49 PM: gushin #sxswiran Great panel discussion on women and the 2009 Iran Revolution.
  • 1:49 PM: omarg The #SXSWiran panel is one of the most active I’ve seen so far — lots of Tweets, half-dozen people at the mic asking questions. #SXSW
  • 1:50 PM: Mazi #sxswiran panel talks about journalists & bloggers still in prison in Iran.
  • 1:50 PM: saulpims interesting that persian language social networks were really important organising tools, but totally off radar outside iran. #sxswiran
  • 1:50 PM: Kalabird Shoutout to #balatarin and #friendfeed and #googlegroups usage in #Iran #sxswiran /via @kirbstr Tools used w/ Twitter for revolution.
  • 1:50 PM: acarvin Kasra: not many used Twitter before Iran protests but Friendfeed was very popular. Now blocked but people use proxies to access. #sxswiran
  • 1:50 PM: acarvin Bandari: Google groups and chat tools were very important during #Iranelection protests. #sxswiran
  • 1:51 PM: tspangler Twitter not so helpful to organize Green movement but very important in getting the word out; writing on currency used to organize #sxswiran
  • 1:51 PM: digitalsista Thanks!! r.t @gushin: #sxswiran Great panel discussion on women and the 2009 Iran Revolution.
  • 1:52 PM: acarvin I asked the panel about @h0d3r’s status. Kasra said he was allowed to contact his parents a few months ago. #sxswiran
  • 1:53 PM: ericbazeSXSW Kasra just blew my mind. Iran gov was censoring online search for “women.” #sxswIran via @acarvin @lesliehatfield @Jillfoster
  • 1:53 PM: digitalsista r.t @anothersher: Fascinating story of how the human desire for truth and justice will prevail
    #sxswIran
  • 1:53 PM: acarvin Did someone say #Crisiscamp? :-) Thanks for the shoutout, @academicdave! #sxswiran
  • 1:53 PM: ruby Sad to hear that Iranian Blogfather @hoder is still in jail, for way over a year now. #sxswiran #sxswi
  • 1:53 PM: wseltzer Excellent #sxswiran panel with @roja_b, @monaism, @digitalsista, @academicdave
  • 1:54 PM: RenZephyr tools e.g. twitter and facebook integrating Farsi has really helped #sxswIran #sxsw
  • 1:54 PM: stealingsand #sxswiran panel with @roja_b, @monaism, @digitalsista, @academicdave vey interesting and informative.
  • 1:54 PM: Kalabird Diaspora uses Facebook to connect with folks in Iran. #sxswIran #sxswnp
  • 1:55 PM: acarvin Kasra: Just walk down the street in Iran and you’ll see makeshift ads for proxy servers to get around the govt filters. Amazing. #sxswiran
  • 1:55 PM: digiphile Iran’s web spying was aided by Western tech [@WSJ] j.mp opennet.net [HT @jtepper2] #SXSWIran #iranelection
  • 1:55 PM: Kalabird Wow. Walking on street in Iran, ads for proxies. Bold. #sxswIran #sxswnp
  • 1:56 PM: sxswsa Mona Kasra: The rush to develop Farsi translators, and Farsi versions of apps like Facebook, helped a lot. #sxswsa #sxswiran
  • 1:56 PM: kirbstr Move from Twitter b/c govt attn? I say no, unless global audience changes tools- they need the audience #sxswiran
  • 1:56 PM: lguite Like any successful movement, the Women’s movement in Iran took lots of online and offline tactics and tools to get the word out. #sxswIran
  • 1:56 PM: johnmjones .@monaism 2/3 of Iranian population is under-30 & they are very educated & tech-savvy #sxswiran
  • 1:57 PM: ahoymehearties Progressive websites in Iran hop from DNS to DNS to stay online. #SXSWIran #sxswi
  • 1:57 PM: Kalabird When Internet services are provided for free, business model is surveillance. #sxswIran #sxswnp
  • 1:57 PM: Mazi 2/3 of Iranian population is young & very tech savvy #sxswiran #sxsw
  • 1:58 PM: sxswsa David Parry: When companies provide stuff for free, the business model is surveillance. #sxswsa #sxswiran
  • 1:58 PM: acarvin I wonder if many Iranians used those donated USB keys w/ EFF’s TOR. Did that amount to anything? #sxswiran
  • 1:58 PM: johnmjones Q: are we overestimating role of Twitter? It was mostly linking to original content elsewhere A: Twitter was part of media ecology #sxswiran
  • 1:58 PM: kirbstr #sxswiran Twitter is what broadcast the links to huge audience, sorta like 4chan :-)
  • 1:59 PM: digitalsista every time the activists put up a web sites they have to change domain names b/c the government blocks the sites #sxswIran
  • 1:59 PM: kirbstr #sxswiran Iran supporters online are tech savvy #irancyberarmy #hackers
  • 1:59 PM: acarvin Bandari: there are people in Iran paid by the regime to go online and tweet, blog, etc. They have fast Net access. #sxswiran #Basij
  • 2:00 PM: johnmjones Questioner who works for Tor gets some applause #sxswiran
  • 2:00 PM: rawsienna Panel about womens revolution in Iran is one of the best sessions I’ve attended so far #sxswiran
  • 2:00 PM: ericbazeSXSW So proud to be a @utdallas alumni right now. @monaism & @academicdave. Such a great response by the panel attendees. #sxswiran
  • 2:00 PM: kirbstr #sxswiran shoutout to #torproject one of the most valuable Internet orgs out there – WOOT
  • 2:00 PM: pzriddle Gratified to see an international panel at #sxsw getting real buzz for once: #SXSWiran (not that I got to see it) / #iran
  • 2:01 PM: MellieZa Follow NPR’s @acarvin if interested in #sxswiran – #iran
  • 2:01 PM: jtepper2 #sxswiran If you’re interested in user generated content from Iran check out bit.ly #demotix
  • 2:02 PM: maryetx The revolution was and will be tweeted #icsx #sxswiran post.ly
  • 2:02 PM: lguite 2009 Iran Election panel is my fave #SXSWi panel so far. Social Media and China is up next! The bar has been set… #sxswIran
  • 2:03 PM: hastac Folk in the #sxswiran panel might dig “Of Veiled Men & Revolutions” about Iranian men supporting women’s rights. is.gd /RS
  • 2:03 PM: jax989 This panel needs to be back next year glad to see it go so well #sxswiran #emac
  • 2:03 PM: acarvin This is been a great panel. Sorry that @iDavar couldn’t be here. #sxswiran
  • 2:03 PM: omarg Panel write-up: “SXSW Panel: 2009 Iran Election: Women’s Revolution? Twitter Revolution?” #SXSWiran #SXSW bit.ly
  • 2:04 PM: jasonwhat Who to follow for Iran and the web info: @roja_b @monaism @digitalsista @academicdave #SXSWIran
  • 2:10 PM: ryanmlang Questioner who works for Tor gets some applause #sxswiran (via @johnmjones)
  • 2:16 PM: benrigby TweetNotes for #sxswiran are here bit.ly – bummed i missed this one :(
  • 2:17 PM: andrewkneale Sounds like there are some great panels down at #sxsw. The #sxswiran one sounds particularly interesting. I def have to go next year!
  • 2:18 PM: Futureratti Checkout Digital Dames rockin’ technology for good – @WomenWhoTech @Digitalsista @Change #sxsw #sxswIran #edw10
  • 2:31 PM: Roja_B panel went great, we had an awesome audience :) #SXSWIran
  • 2:32 PM: poplifegirl Hey #sxswiran attendees – come to CrisisCampSXSW on Tuesday bit.ly .@sxsw @crisiscamp #socialmediaandchina
  • 2:32 PM: CrisisCamp Hey #sxswiran attendees – come to CrisisCampSXSW on Tuesday bit.ly .@sxsw @crisiscamp #socialmediaandchina
  • 2:34 PM: poplifegirl Great to meet you at the #sxswiran panel – dinner tonight? @academicdave
  • 2:34 PM: kirbstr #socialmediaandchina more people in this panel than #sxswiran – friendlier market?
  • 2:39 PM: gushin
  • 2:40 PM: gushin @Roja_B Thx 4 your excellent panel participation. #sxswiran #sxsw yfrog.com
  • 2:40 PM: ericbazeSXSW @johnmjones Is that why it’s so revolutionary in Iran? Because it’s a vastly poorer country? What about Africa? #sxswiran
  • 2:40 PM: ericbazeSXSW @johnmjones In The US, is that the equivalent of “most people are sheep”? Does conspicuous consumption make us fat and passive? #sxswiran
  • 2:40 PM: ahoymehearties @academicdave “Changing your Twitter avatar to green is just a first step.” Amen, brother. And a tiny, tiny one at that. #SXSWIran #sxswi
  • 2:40 PM: ericbazeSXSW @johnmjones Twitter role is important only in that it’s the first channel of this kind to be so effective, I think. #sxswiran
  • 2:40 PM: wseltzer Rt @CrisisCamp: Hey #sxswiran attendees – come to CrisisCampSXSW on Tuesday bit.ly — Great to meet you!