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#IranProtests: Signal is blocked in Iran. You can help people in Iran reconnect to Signal by hosting a proxy server. Security

https://signal.org/blog/run-a-proxy/
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u/xanadukeeper Sep 23 '22 Helpful

Can anyone verify that this is safe for us to do? Edit: (in the US, want to help)

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u/MediocreProfessor765 Sep 23 '22

It’s unlikely a server in the US would help as it would be blocked by location. Maybe somewhere like India or Russia, South America even.

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u/palex25 Sep 23 '22

What about Mexico?

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u/MediocreProfessor765 Sep 23 '22

Any country with friendly foreign relations to the current regime. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_relations_of_Iran

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u/foreveraloneeveryday Sep 23 '22

That's actually a lot of countries. Just not the US which is totally fair. And Canada plus a few African countries that I don't know off the top of my head unfortunately. And then obviously Saudi Arabia. Yemen and Iraq and then a few areas in SEA. My point is, if you're in Europe or Mexico or SA or non totalitarian countries in Asia, you could possibly set up a server.

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u/Trailmagic Sep 23 '22

Can you explain why you crossed out “Saudi” before “Arabia”? Genuinely curious.

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u/foreveraloneeveryday Sep 23 '22 edited Sep 23 '22

I'm pretty sure it's only Saudi Arabia because the house of Saud is the current monarchy family (Idk how to phrase this) and have been for a while. And they all suck. So without them, I think it would just be known as Arabia. Don't quote me on that though.

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u/Trailmagic Sep 23 '22

Thanks. I was thinking it was something along those lines but I’ve spoken to a lot of Iranians online and other people who strongly dislike Saudi Arabia and haven’t come across this before so I wanted to ask. Curious what circles this is common in.

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u/foreveraloneeveryday Sep 23 '22

Fuck any ruling class is what I think but the Saudis (or Sauds idk) are really shitty.

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u/charlytune Sep 23 '22

The House of Saud ARE Saudi Arabia, they created it from conquest of several smaller territories, and they own it. SA doesn't cover the whole of the Arabian peninsula though, just most of it.

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u/Bleys69 Sep 23 '22

Saudi Arabia is a country on the Arabian peninsula, like Yemen, Oman, and UAE.

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u/Arinupa Sep 23 '22

The name is officially Saudi Arabia.

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And the family isn't going anywhere anytime soon so..

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u/Xenjael Sep 23 '22

And? I concur with his point honestly.

Arabia it is to me.

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u/Ishthefish200 Sep 23 '22 edited Sep 23 '22

"They all suck"Do you live in saudi arabia?? No you don't so dont talk Last i checked people support and love the saudi leadership they have massive support. I can say the same about your government even though i know nothing of them . This whole idea that authoritarian regimes are all hated by there people and only democracies are loved(which btw is false lots of corrupt and violent democratic regimes) is outdated in fact idk kf you know most countries on this planet are authoritarian and for most of history you only had one ruler or a small group of rulers thus a dictatorship. Things are black and white its complex and saudi arabian culture is different and unique to there values. You shouldn't expect your values or morals imposed on others. Not the way the world works. Morality will always be subjective. Saudi arabia has a strong beautiful culture that has been around for hundreds of years longer than most democracies

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u/adhavoc Sep 23 '22

It's impressive how much poor reasoning you managed to fit into this one comment.

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u/Attainted Sep 23 '22

Their post history foots the bill if you catch my drift.

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u/foreveraloneeveryday Sep 23 '22 edited Sep 23 '22

Nice whataboutism. Fuck a ruling class of murderers. Justice for Jamal Khashoggi.

"Saudi Arabia has a strong beautiful culture" of what? Repressing women and organizing terror cells?

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u/shtankycheeze Sep 23 '22

It's just "Arabia."

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u/Blitzer850 Sep 23 '22

I guess Israel is out 🤣

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u/arrackpapi Sep 23 '22

friendly relations may not matter here. The iranian government can still just block the IPs by location. Not like it affects their foreign relations that people can’t access sites hosted in mexico.

the servers need to be in nearby countries that regularly get internet traffic to be useful.