IREX staffer Haratounian wrongly imprisoned for spying in Iran

Forum One

While much of the US media has focused on the recent release of Roxana Saberi after being falsely accused of spying in Iran, other cases similar remain unresolved. Silva Haratounian was working in Iran on behalf of the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), which focuses on international education, academic research, professional training and technical assistance. Haratounian's family has set up a web site and invited the public to sign an appeal to Iran?s

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Influence | Forum One: Internet Strategy, Social Media, User Experience and Web Site Development

Forum One

Skip to Navigation Careers News Client login About Us Services Our Work Blogs Events Contact Us Home › Blogs › Influence Social Networking and #AIDS2010 Suzanne Rainey in Influence 15 Jul 2010 There’s a flurry of action this week as we await the start of the XVIII International AIDS Conference (#AIDS2010) in Vienna, Austria, next week. I wish I was able to attend, but am glad that many of my clients have the opportunity to go. The conference is held every two years, and is always.

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Do Hashtags Help a Twitter Topic Search?

Wild Apricot

In a recent comment on An Introduction to Twitter Hashtags , Wild Apricot reader 88keyman came through with a really great question: Suppose I’m writing on a topic concerning Iran. If I include the hashtag #Iran, how does that differ from merely using the word Iran in my Tweet? A Twitter Search on #iran will include all mentions of iran , but not vice versa.

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Mobile Citizen Journalism: The Phone As Global Equalizer « MobileBehavior

AFP Blog

Mobile Citizen Journalism: The Phone As Global Equalizer « MobileBehavior: "iran-mobile-citizenThe Iranian crisis put Twitter in the spotlight as an organizational tool showcasing how the online world could be used to communicate and unite people, despite government censorship. » Blog Archive » The Rise of Web Video

AFP Blog

From YouTube’s founding in 2005 to the documentation of post-election turmoil in Iran, the progress video on the web has been remarkable in just a few short year. » Blog Archive » The Rise of Web Video: "What’s next for web video? For more perspective, the NYT has a look, in “Rise of Web Video, Beyond 2-Minute Clips”

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Facebook Linked In Twitter Home About Home links for 2006-11-10 links for 2006-11-10 Last Updated on Friday, 10 November 2006 08:28 Written by Steve Friday, 10 November 2006 08:28 Walsh Iran / Contra Report – Chapter 16 Robert M. Gates Robert M. Gates was the Central Intelligence Agency’s deputy director for intelligence (DDI) from 1982 to 1986.

Can Social Media Create and Spread Revolution?


Similar discussions surfaced last year during Iran’s Green Revolution, when many people on social media overlaid a green shade to their avatars and profile pictures to show their solidarity with the people of Iran. The Iran related hashtags also trended on Twitter. A few months later I had the opportunity to hear from researchers who spent time in Iran and were documenting the protests.

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Beneblog: Technology Meets Society - Untitled Article

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Their website , found at [link] is an on-line memorial honoring over nine thousand victims allegedly killed by the Islamic Republic of Iran since the revolution in 1979 and an extensive library of documents relating to human rights and democracy. Online Memorial to Iranian Victims Roya and Ladan Boroumand might be the first to say that they are not "techies". But you would hardly know it from looking at the beautiful website they just released.

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Live Blog: Is Technology Really Good for Human Rights

Amy Sample Ward

That ethos continued until the last three years or so with issues in Burma, Iran, and China. In Iran we’ve seen it used to get out information and resist censorship but have also seen it used by the government to alter a mobile phone system and monitoring calls. Annabelle Sreberny, Professor of Global Media and Communication, School of Oriental and African Studies (with special interest in Iran, bloggers & social media).

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The Revolution is Twitterfied

Forum One

In Iran. Protest Iran Election. Katrin Verclas' Twitterfeed - actively amplifying the news out of Iran. Internet Graphs: Internet usage trends on Twitter show the consistency and growth of the Iran Election movement. Five years ago, CNN and 24-hour news channels and personal blogs captured US citizen dissent at the 2004 Presidential election results (or lack thereof).

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To Dubai on an Emirates Airbus 380

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Flying down the Persian Gulf, alongside Iran's coast, we arrived in Dubai. My current business trip started by heading for Dubai, United Arab Emirates. I had been invited to attend the Global Agenda Council meeting organized by the World Economic Forum. It was easier to say yes than usual: I'd never been to Dubai or the region, and the government of Dubai and Emirates airline offered to fly me there business class!

Twibbon: A Twitter Tool That Puts a Ribbon on Your Profile

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Remember the sea of green avatars last summer in support of the Iran ? My friend, Manny Hernandez, founder of Tuiabetes Community and author of Ning for Dummies, let me know that today, November 14 is World Diabetes Day. Today, at 14:00 hours (local time), thousands of people with diabetes will test their blood sugar, do 14 minutes of exercise, test again and share their results on TuDiabetes or on Twitter.

Benetech Human Rights Data Analysts Uncover Critical Evidence

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The past year of research by HRDAG analysts has supported key criminal prosecutions and uncovered the truth about political violence in Guatemala, Iran, Colombia, Chad and Liberia. As the worldwide debate continues about the release of government information by Wikileaks, history has shown that the uncovering of government data can be an important factor in human rights investigations.

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Great reads from around the web on June 16th

Amy Sample Ward

Social Networks Spread Iranian Defiance Online - - Watching the #IranElection hashtag stream on Twitter, more and more videos on YouTube and the BBC, and the way citizens create and the global networks share updates about the reality of post-election mayhem in Iran has distracted me from work and ignited many conversations with friends about both what we've seen or read so far each day and what the power of social media has unlocked.

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Social Media: Not Just a Revolution, but a Voice for the Silenced


Women in Iran and protestors on Wall Street think so. During the Iran protests in February of 2011, a woman who was raped, sexually assaulted and beaten once she was identified as a "rioter" simply for voting, had no voice and little way to speak out about her experience. Without any legislation to grant women in Iran speech of any sort, social media is an anonymous outlet for these women to let the world know what happens to them.

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Using Twitter for a Global Conversation

Amy Sample Ward

Using Twitter search or other tools, you can watch news and updates about the election in Iran by using #IranElection; or, find interesting people to follow and connect with using #FollowFriday to peruse the recommendations that pile up on Fridays.

Crowdsourcing Skills for Human Rights via

Tech Soup Blog

In 2013, he publically confronted Iran's foreign minister, Mohamed Zarif, in New York demanding the release of political prisoner Majid Tavakoli. David Keyes is very clear that the mission of and in fact all of the Advancing Human Rights programs is to empower human rights activists in closed societies like Russia, China, Iran, Syria, and North Korea.

SXSW Nonprofit Picks


2009 Iran Election: Women's Revolution? SXSW is just around the corner. For five days nonprofit campaigners, techies, and social media enthusiasts will gather for one of the largest and most anticipated conferences of the year. But with over 3K+ attendees and hundreds of panels, core conversations, workshops and parties, it can be overwhelming to get the most out of SXSW. No worries though.

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Tweeting for Climate Change? Lessons Learned from 1Sky’s Twitter Campaign


Recent events in Iran and India showed Twitter's ability to build a groundswell and deploy rapid response messaging, albeit in a much less urgent sense in holding rallies and actions related to climate change. Last April, 1Sky decided to invest a significant amount of time, energy, and resources into Twitter. Because we have short attention spans and 140 characters is almost more than we can handle. Kidding.

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Tweeting for climate? Lessons learned from 1Sky’s Twitter campaign


Recent events in Iran and India showed Twitter's ability to build a groundswell and deploy rapid response messaging, albeit in a much less urgent sense in holding rallies and actions related to climate change. Last April, 1Sky decided to invest a significant amount of time, energy, and resources into Twitter. Because we have short attention spans and 140 characters is almost more than we can handle. Kidding.

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RIP Google Reader: Don’t Scream Who Moved My Cheese, Pivot Your Reading

Beth Kanter

In online discussions with nonprofit techies, Megan Keane pointed to the loss of an anti-censorship tool in places like Iran, and Nancy Schwartz noted in an online discussion, “this is a kick to independent content publishing, not just convenience on the readers side.

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Beaconfire Survey: Twitter

Allegiance Group

While tweeting has its useful social uses (see Iran, natural disasters), and should be kept around for those reasons, far too many abuse it and try to make it deeper than it should be. Periodically, we do a survey of Beaconfire staff to get impressions on a variety of non-profit technology issues. All opinions expressed here are solely those of their authors. Twitter is an increasingly important player in social media – even Congress is tweeting.

Building the World You Want: 6 Nonprofit Campaigns to Consider on International Day of Charity


In response to the Supreme Court’s decision to temporarily grant the Trump administration's request to reinstate portions of its travel ban (blocking people from six countries - Iran, Yemen, Sudan, Syria, Libya and Somalia - from entering the United States), CARE reignited their #BetterThanTheBan campaign. Consider this fact: unless the world tackles inequity today, 167 million children will live in extreme poverty by 2030.

Six Alternative (U.S.) Cultural Venues to Keep an Eye On

Museum 2.0

is in conflict with (currently, Iran). I've been spending time recently interviewing people who run unusual cultural and learning venues. Skill-sharing free schools. Community science workshops. Art spaces masquerading as laundromats and letterpresses. I'm fascinated by these places because of their ability to attract diverse audiences to idiosyncratic experiences, and I'm curious how they stay afloat.

Mission Possible: Tell Us Your Symantec Story and Win Prizes!

Tech Soup Blog

This Challenge is void in Cuba, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, and all countries under sanction by the U.S. Symantec helps nonprofits make their mission possible. What is your nonprofit's mission? What drives you and motivates you to create change in your community? With the knowledge that your information is safe and your organization is secure, how can you better focus on your mission?

Adobe Creative Cloud Giveaway for Nonprofits at 17NTC!

Tech Soup Blog

This Sweepstakes is void for organizations in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria ("U.S. Stop By and Visit Us — Booth 217. Washington DC, here we come! We have a special contest give-away in store at this year's Nonprofit Technology Conference: a free year-long subscription of Adobe Creative Cloud. Yes, you can have more than 25 creative apps including Photoshop , Lightroom, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Dreamweaver, and much more.

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The countdown is on & your vote counts

Allegiance Group

But it’s a different proposition to ask someone to make a contribution in order to get a specific political prisoner released from detention in Iran. Odds are, you have heard about all the amazing Non Profit panels being proposed for South by Southwest interactive 2010 , and your vote has been courted over and over again.

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Guest Post by Heather McLeod Grant: Reflections on the Personal Democracy Forum

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Randi Zuckerberg from Facebook, who talked about how social networks are being used for social change, particularly as an organizing tool for local revolutions such as those in Columbia and Iran. Submitted by Heather McLeod Grant, senior consultant at the Monitor Institute and a principal contributor to Working Wikily. This past week, I had the opportunity to attend the Personal Democracy Forum in New York – a conference about all things digital and democracy – now in its sixth year.

Changing the World: TechSoup's Newest Global Partner

Tech Soup Blog

In addition to Syria and Iraq, these are Bulgaria, Greece, Georgia, Armenia, Iran, and the Azerbaijani exclave: Nakhchivan. (If Are you sitting down?! We've got some exciting news. But first, some context: Let's start with a volatile mix of Syrian refugees, border conflicts paired with complicated politics , protests, Internet censorship, and a youth unemployment rate of 20 percent.

[Book Interview] Nonprofit Example of Social Media Excellence: WITNESS

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Recent events in Burma in 2007 and Iran in 2009 and even the US in 2010 reveal that governments can easily comb activists’ footage online and seek out protesters and citizens for arrest, persecution or worse. Organization: WITNESS. Organization Size: 29 staff members. Name: Marianna Moneymaker. Title: Online Outreach and Production. Website: Blog: Facebook: Twitter: YouTube:

MCON13 Live Blog: Connecting with Millennials (Azita Ardakani, Lovesocial)


Born in Iran and at age 3 moved to Canada; now in NYC. "I Throughout the day, we''ve been listening in on sessions from MCON13 , a conference to help leaders engage the Millennial generation. Here are my notes from a talk by Azita Ardakani along with a brief Q&A at the end. Find Azita Ardakani at @azita on Twitter or learn more at

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The Last Blogpotomac: A New Community Rises from the Ashes

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Debbas who was in Iran at the time, risking his life said, "It helped because I didn't want to die anonymously and we can discredit raising awareness.". Flickr Photo by Ghbrett. I'm writing this post from 30,000 feet aboard Virgin America as I fly back to California from a whirlwind week on the East Coast.

OccupyWallstreet is not a brand. Why does Occupywallstreet feel different? The network is occupied. A riff

Network-Centric Advocacy

Are the resistance in Iran gone? didn’t have time to make it shorter yet.late night riff not quite a rant but thinking while tired is always dangerous) It is not a mistake that the #OccupyWallstreet movement has a different rhythm to other movements, street protest or campaigns. OccupyWallStreet seems to be shaping up as a good example of an advocacy network.

Guest Post by Stacey Monk: Dogooders Won’t Change the World (Alone)

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I want you, whether you’re in the Congo or Darfur or if you’re in Iran or if you’re in Tanzania, Kosovo…you shoot that story like it’s your mother, your brother, your sister, your father and your cousin and you tell that in that way because that’s actually the road, I think, to not only clarity and truth and understanding.

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Vote and Comment for ALL these Awesome Nonprofit Panels at SXSW!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Digital Protests This session will explore the role that social media plays in protests, through the lens of recent events like Iran and the American health care debate. The SXSW Interactive Festival (scheduled March 12-16, 2010 in Austin, Texas) is a mega huge social media industry event. The final program is done through a combination of an open submission and community voting process.

Last Chance to Vote for Nonprofit SXSW Panels: Closes September 4th

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Digital Protests This session will explore the role that social media plays in protests, through the lens of recent events like Iran and the American health care debate. The SXSW Interactive Festival. scheduled March 12-16, 2010 in Austin, Texas) is a mega huge social media industry event. The final program is done through a combination of an open submission and community voting process.

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Jon Husband, Guest Post: The New Realities of Engagement – Stories That Drive Action Planning and Implementation

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

A Tweet this week on Iran and on the conventional news coverage there. Courtesy of Jon Husband, publisher of Wirearchy. This post was based on a post developed by Rob Paterson three weeks ago, as we seek to design a pilot project in support of an important multi-constituent project Rob is helping to guide. His post was aimed at not-for-profit public media; I have genericized it somewhat ).

Guest Post: Beth Kanter's SXSWi Nonprofit Panel Roundup


Digital Protests This session will explore the role that social media plays in protests, through the lens of recent events like Iran and the American health care debate. note: I was getting around to writing up my own notes about SXSW, when I realized Beth had done all the work for me, as usual! Oh, and please do give a thumbs up to the panel Beth and I cooked up: Crowdsourcing for Innovative Social Change ]. The SXSW Interactive Festival.

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Game Friday: The Aftermath of the ARG World Without Oil

Museum 2.0

But by avoiding the now and focusing on a potential event, like oil shock, war with Iran, virtual consciousness, or any number of reasonable near-future events, museums can get away with a wider range of "imaginative" presentations.

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Nonprofit Technology News for June 2013

Tech Soup Blog

The leaders in adoption are China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Russia, Nigeria, the Philippines, Brazil, and Mexico. It's time to catch up on some nonprofit technology trends and news!

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Martin Luther King Day - Let Freedom Ring


We see the tragic consequences when fear and hatred win out over the Golden Rule in places like the Middle East, Iran, North Korea, Darfur, Zimbabwe, and Myanmar. In honor of Martin Luther King Day, I''d direct you to Let Freedom Ring , written by Stan Stahl (and included below.) I was able to meet Stan some years ago when we were both working on a project to support youth and their successful education and employment.

Interview with Zainab Salbi, Founder of Women for Women International

Have Fun - Do Good

I grew up in Iraq during Saddam's time, and during the time in which we had the war with Iran. With finances a little tight this year, I've had to reduce the number of organizations I'm donating to in 2009. One of the ones I am continuing to support is Women for Women International. This is my second year as a "sister," which means that I pay $27 a month to support one woman for a year while she goes through a program to help her rebuild her life after war.

Kevin Danaher of Global Exchange Talks about the Global Citizen Center

Have Fun - Do Good

There are people in positions of power in places like Iran and Washington, D.C. Kevin Danaher is the co-founder of the nonprofit Global Exchange which co-sponsors the Green Festivals with Co-op America. Kevin talks about the Global Citizen Center, a large mixed use building in downtown San Francisco that will serve as a hub for ecologically and socially responsible enterprise, education and economic development. Below is a transcript of my interview with him for the Big Vision Podcast.