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[liberationtech] Many VPNs and Psiphon are currently blocked in Iran right now

Amin Sabeti aminsabeti at
Sun Feb 23 05:30:25 PST 2014

​Guys, we are talking about massive audience not activists or journalists!
I believe we should care more about massive audience not activists because
they can find someone to help them. For instance, they have lots of friends
outside the country to buy VPN or other commercial circumvention tools BUT
general users have not this kinds of contact.

It's so interesting for me when someone says TOR does work then it's their
problem to use it not us! BTW, I believe TOR is a good tool to hide your
identification and for majority in Iran it's not the issue because they
don't care about NSA/ GCHQ surveillance.

It would be better to think as a general user not someone who is activist
and support freedom of expression.



On 23 February 2014 07:11, Collin Anderson <collin at>wrote:

> On Sat, Feb 22, 2014 at 9:35 PM, Nathan of Guardian <
> nathan at> wrote:
>> I just hope that the "Tor is slow" meme, along with
>> other famous ones like "PGP is hard" and "No one cares about privacy",
>> are continued to be challenged, tested and not accepted as inevitable.
> Certainly, however, I am testing this meme now, and it has validity. I,
> right now, pulled the latest version of Tor to a Linux machine in Iran and
> did a comparative measurement of throughput with and without. Although the
> download started out reasonably fast, after a few seconds it seems probably
> that my connection was throttled down. Whereas without Tor, my throughput
> averaged 84.81 Kbps, with it is currently 14.66 Kbps and rapidly dropping.
> If anyone doubts that Tor's overhead is that high, at some point I could
> keep tearing down connections and narrow the likelihood of a poorly
> performing bridge. However, factually, Tor is slow.
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