Help Iranian dissidents by collecting and posting Bridge addresses? (here?)

Chris Humphry humphry.chris at
Thu Jun 18 17:51:45 UTC 2009

Hi Roger,

On Wed, 2009-06-17 at 22:11 -0400, Roger Dingledine wrote:
>>On Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 06:26:43PM -0700, Chris Humphry wrote:
>>Please help...without proxies (ie. Bridges) the Iranian dissidents 
>>have no voice!

>Yeah, see, I'm not sure whether this is true. If ordinary bridges are
>working, then probably ordinary Tor relays are working too. Or said
>another way, if ordinary Tor relays aren't working, probably ordinary
>bridges won't work either.

I have no idea if Tor relays are working from Iran or not.  On CNN they 
have been reporting that a vast amount of proxies are provided each day
to the dissidents.  Supposedly that is how they are sending the pics and 
video we see each day.  To me it sounds like plain ol' one hop open proxies,
not Tor.  I have emailed CNN asking how one can provide proxies and to which
organization, they have yet to email me back.

>We've heard rumors they're blocking all encrypted traffic. Does this
>mean everything that does an SSL handshake no matter the port? Or does
>it mean the blocked port 443?

>If the former, an automated system like Tor is going to have a tough time
>keeping up -- at least without the tweaks we've been pondering over the
>past few days. ;)

Even if it is the former I like the tone of your sentence!  I am looking
forward to seeing what your guys/gals come up with :) 

>If the latter, then setting up a bunch of bridges on port 80 (even
>though everything's still encrypted) might be the ticket.

I will email CNN and ask them, but they are getting SO much email I
have doubts they will get back to me.  Does Tor Project not have contacts
in Iran?  I wonder how/if we can find out specifically how the Iran 
Government is blocking Internet access?

If a representative from the EFF or Tor contacted CNN I bet they would 

>Lots of misinformation going around, and not so much information.

Yea I was wondering about that.  Who to trust?...


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