I've been following the IranElection Twitter Trending topic all day long and I've repeatedly seen tweets expressing a desire to help but not knowing what to do. As the country nears time for a major demonstration later this afternoon (4pm local Iranian time), I expect the government to clamp down hard on the internet. They won't shut it off, but they're going to try to censor and control what goes in and what comes out of Iran.
At this critical juncture, one of the main ways you can help, even if you're not a technical person, is to help make sure the Iranian protesters have access to the internet and the most effective way you can do that is to setup and run a proxy server.
Proxy servers act as 'go betweens' between a users computer and the end site they're trying to reach. They work because, when a government blocks a site, users can connect to proxy servers which fetch the site for them. That way, users have access to a site even if it's blocked.
In the video above, I show you how to setup a proxy server using the 3 user evaluation version of CC proxy. While 3 users might not sound like a lot, in a time when unfiltered access to the web is needed, it could be a lifesaver.
In order to setup your proxy server, you will need:
1. An evaluation copy of CCProxy
2. A working internet connection
3. About 10 minutes to set it all up
Watch the video above and it'll walk you through the steps you need to perform to get your server up and running.
Good luck to everyone in Iran and thank those of you who decide to help by setting up a proxy.