Welcome to NedaNet

This is the resource page for NedaNet, a network of hackers formed to support the democratic revolution in Iran. Our mission is to help the Iranian people by setting up networks of proxy severs, anonymizers, and any other appropriate technologies that can enable them to communicate and organize — a network beyond the censorship or control of the Iranian regime.

NedaNet doesn't have leaders or a manifesto or even much in the way of organization. We're not affiliated with any nation or religion. We're just computer hackers and computer users from all over the planet doing what we can to help the Iranian people in their struggle for freedom.

NedaNet does have contacts on the ground in Iran. We are actively and directly cooperating with the revolutionaries (though for obvious security reasons most of us don't know who the contacts are). By helping us, you can help them.

(Note: we have belatedly discovered that there is a Silicon Valley consulting company called NedaNet. We have nothing to do with them, nor they with us.)

Who was Neda?

At 19:05 on the 20th of June, 2009, on Karegar Ave in Tehran, at the corner of Khosravi St. and Salehi Street, a young woman named Neda Agha Soltan who was peacefully watching a popular demonstration in progress was shot and killed. Her murderer was almost certainly a basiji, a member of the paramilitary auxiliary of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Her death was accidentally caught on video. Neda, an innocent woman at the wrong place and the wrong time, became the most visible martyr of the new Iranian revolution. We honor her memory.

You can help!

You can help by adding bandwidth and computing power to our network. It is still forming and growing; the more widely dispersed it gets, the less vulnerable it will be to denial-of-service attacks, blacklisting, or physical action by the Iranian government and its terrorist allies.

If you are a Linux or *BSD or Mac OS/X user, we have a detailed recipe for setting up and registering a Squid proxy for the revolutionaries' use. Update: We are no longer recommending people set up plaintext squid proxies. The Iranian regime appears to be doing deep-packet inspection on all traffic now.

To help support safe communications that are immune to deep-packet inspection, you can set up a Tor relay; this will help dissidents to communicate in and out of Iran without being traceable by the regime. See these directions.

Squid instructions for Windows users are under development.

Alternatively, there's a bootable CD called rbox that sets up a NedaNet site in a box. I'm told it's usable but still being polished. Windows users (especially) may want to go that route to avoid security issues.

We have an IRC channel, #irantech on freenode.net, where we gather to help each other help the Iranians.

Other people are pursuing different approaches. Anonymous Iran supports anonymized chat communication and offers advice on secure communications.

Iranians can now get free untraceable IP addresses from IP Rental.

Doing the right thing

Core members of NedaNet have already received death threats from persons plausibly believed to be agents of the Iranian regime or allied terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah. We expect more of us to be targets of threats, intimidations, and possibly actual violence before the crisis resolves. Be aware of that risk if you choose to join us.

But today in Iran, thousands of people are putting their lives on the line every day in direct confrontation with the Iranian regime's thugs, facing danger that reduces any risks we run to a triviality. They're not running away. We won't either.

Public contact and operational security

I'm Eric S. Raymond. Some of you will know me from the open-source movement as "ESR". Because of the real threat of terrorist action against us, most of NedaNet is keeping a low profile. I have volunteered to be a visible public contact because (a) I've done this sort of public-face work before, (b) I already got my jihadi death threat from Iran in 2006 before NedaNet, and (c) I'm not easily intimidated.

Think of me as a cut-out. I have very carefully not asked who our contacts in Iran are. I don't even know who most of the rest of the NedaNet people are, and don't intend to try to find out; they're basically just handles on an IRC channel from whom I get URLs and files. And for any agent or proxy of the regime interested in asking me questions face to face, I've got some bullets slathered in pork fat to make you feel extra special welcome.

Due to agitation by blowhards with too much time on their hands, I add the following disclaimer: I do not necessarily speak for the entirety of NedaNet. (Now maybe they'll stop yattering on the channel so we can get more work done.)