Sunday, June 26, 2011

 When They Come For Vous

Firooz Zahedi photo
As US President Barak Obama expands the Bush surveillance state and Joe Lieberman mumbles in the Senate about an internet kill switch, and many Americans worry about an erosion of their civil liberties that continues unabated, the web site Payvand has a nice article that may prove to be of help to Americans before long -- A Review of Censorship Circumvention Tools In Iran.

The tools mentioned, such as secure web sites a government can't read, and a host of techniques for reading and posting information a government is trying to block, will work in any country. Many were developed to help the Chinese people get around government censorship there.

Payvand is a nice web site in and of itself. I don't think I ever saw it before but it seems to follow the art world of Iranians and Iranians living abroad, who collectively have a long and rich history of accomplishment in the visual arts, literature, and so forth.

For instance there is an review of a showing at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art of photographs of Elizabeth Taylor during a trip she made to Iran in 1976 taken by a young photographer who accompanied her, "Firooz Zahedi, today a successful Hollywood photographer but then a recent art school graduate just learning his craft."


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