I don’t want to get involved in the political situation in Iran, but would rather address how technology could actually topple a regime. One Iranian youth believes that he and others can overthrow the current government of Iran using technology and the Internet to present their case to the world. In a recent news article from Reuters, it states the following information:
Ali Jahanshahi, a young, tech-savvy British-Iranian, quit his job selling computers to come to New York with the ambitious goal of ousting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
More than just protesting Ahmadinejad’s presence at the U.N. General Assembly this week, Jahanshahi said he came to trade know-how with other young Iranians who are using Internet “hacktivism” to send messages, videos and information to opposition sympathizers in Iran.
“Iran’s government tries to keep protesters from organizing online but we use tools to stay ahead of them,” Jahanshahi, 20, said at a protest outside the United Nations. “We post videos, tweet messages and set up sites to help people in Iran organize.”
Since anti-government protests erupted after Iran’s disputed June 12 elections, the government has slowed Internet speeds, shut down opposition websites and arrested opposition members who try to organize online.
Journalists inside Iran have been banned from attending protests, but that has not kept footage of anti-Ahmadinejad gatherings from reaching the Internet.
Jahanshahi said he has designed anti-Ahmadinejad websites in Farsi that go live for a day or two in Iran, garnering hundreds or thousands of hits before they are shut. Then, he said, he shuffles the contents to new sites.
Jahanshahi said he and his cohort of Iranian expatriates see themselves as key helpers to Iran’s resistance movement.
Though the world may be sympathetic to the Iranian cause, will this be enough to garner support against the Iranian government? Can youthful protesters using technology actually cause the government in Iran to be overthrown?