Thursday, 18 June 2009
Wheels Within Wheels
Part of this week's rich debate around Twitter and social media has been about who you can trust online.
That's an interesting debate when you take the 'turn your Twitter avatar green' service that a number of Twittering types have started to use. The idea's nice and simple - a one-click process via the helpiranelection website will turn your avatar green so that you can demonstrate your support for Mousavi's backers in their call for a recount.
The chap behind helpiranelection is Arik Fraimovich. When he's not helping people to show solidarity with Iranian political movements, he's a software developer. I have to note that, while he is not now, he has previously worked for the Israeli Ministry of Defence. That doesn't mean to say he is aligned to the MoD or is in any way carrying out its will. But the fact that an Israeli with government links is behind a 'back Mousavi' Internet scheme will sit uncomfortably with many in the Arab World, let alone in Iran itself.
I am quite, quite sure that Arik's idea was well intentioned. But 'going green' is, I think, an Iranian choice to make.
Thanks to 'Party Boy'... :)
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