After nearly three weeks of hard work, I'm happy to announce that we launched the TweetFree Relay Network this morning!
After the Presidential elections in Iran last month, it became very obvious how important tools like Twitter, Facebook, and email are to citizens taking a stand against unfair government rule. It also became obvious the lengths such governments will go to in order to silence their critics and control the flow of information into and out of a country in the midsts of political crisis. When the Iranian government started blocking Twitter, many of us immediately understood how powerful a tool the service really was and we began actively looking for ways to make sure the protesters were able to stay in communication with the service and, thereby, the rest of the world.
That's when the concept of TweetFree was born. The idea was to create a simple program that ran on mobile phones and would provide anonymous access to Twitter in a way that the government couldn't block. Using a decentralized network of TweetFree Relay nodes all connecting to a central point to post messages to Twitter, it's now virtually impossible for any government to block access to Twitter without totally shutting down mobile data services in the country.
Now comes the hard part. In order to make the TweetFree network as robust as possible, we need TweetFree Relay Servers. Setting up a relay server is simple and can be done in under 5 minutes. All you have to do is fill out a form, fill in a few entries in a file, and your server is live.
I'd like to encourage anyone who's interested to sign up to become a relay node on the network. It's free and it's a direct and real way you can help, not only the people of Iran, but oppressed people in all parts of the world.
To find out more, or to sign up, visit: http://bit.ly/k8I3J now.