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[liberationtech] Help users in Iran reach the internet

Collin Anderson collin at
Fri Feb 10 14:21:54 PST 2012

> I'm open to other interpretations as well.

I am not convinced this is the beginning of a new filtering regime, instead
my hypothesis is that it is continuation of the sort of targeted, limited
disruptions that have traditionally occurred around national events. Within
the next month, there will be 22/23 Bahman (33rd Anniversary of the
Revolution), 25 Bahman (Reformists called for 'Silent Protests'), Nowruz
and the Parliamentary Election (Boycott).

For background it is important to note that SSL traffic has been throttled
for months, but rarely completely blocked. Even DPI on VPN in
September/October only lasted a few days; my concern is that unknown
streams before then were even more aggressively throttled than SSL. If next
week this aggressive filtering still exists, I will be more actively
concerned. For now too much infrastructure is outside of the country for
this to be sustainable.

Look at even the admin contacts for

org: Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance
> e-mail: ahajitorab at
> person: Mostafa Khademolmele
> e-mail: mkhadem61 at

Thank you Andrew, for clarifying the ASN -- this explains
some discrepancies in personal observations -- however:

Given the partial incompetence in rolling out this test, it will be
> interesting to see what is actually rolled out nationwide, if anything.

They have also done limited roll outs of filter rules and blockages for
testing and location-restrictions based on ASNs before. This really is not
the start of the national Internet.


On Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 4:44 PM, <liberationtech at> wrote:

> On Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 09:37:59PM +0100, admin at wrote 6.5K
> bytes in 164 lines about:
> : Nonetheless, there were dozens of Iranian users that still managed to use
> : our software today and they came from over 20 different ISPs. So not all
> : ISPs have apparently blocked secure traffic yet. But I assume the number
> : would go down as the government finds out about them. If you want to
> share
> : this private list of ISPs still allowing secure traffic, let me know.
> Still working on more details. It seems only people connected to
> AS12880 are being routed through a proxy doing more filtering. Granted,
> this AS12880 seems to cover most of Tehran.
> I suspect that this is a test for the 13/14th national holiday when they
> roll out something countrywide. Given the partial incompetence in rolling
> out this test, it will be interesting to see what is actually rolled
> out nationwide, if anything.
> I'm open to other interpretations as well.
> --
> Andrew
> pgp 0x74ED336B
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*Collin David Anderson* | @cda | Washington, D.C.

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