Thursday, June 18, 2009

Iranians Use Israeli Web Tool To Be Heard

A small Israeli web business is playing a huge role in helping people in Iran communicate with the outside world.

Fring, a mobile and online communications tool, is being used successfully from within Iran

Fring is accessible inside Iran, allowing the opposition to be heard

Fring, which makes a social networking application that works on many mobile phones, has seen a 100% increase in traffic over the last week.

The Fring app can jump onto WiFi to make a call, or send a message - meaning hundreds of thousands of Fring users in Iran can still get the word out.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been demonstrating in the capital, Tehran, following an election won by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that they say was rigged.

The protesters have been using social networking sites like Twitter to communicate, which the Government says it has now blocked.

Yet, using tools like Fring and some ingenious other methods, Iranians are proving adept at circumventing the authorities' electronic road blocks.

Fring is based in Tel Aviv, Israel. Its co-creator is Avi Shechter, who worked for AOL before leaving to set up what he calls his "mobile community".

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