Recount!

The BBC has confirmed reports (first on Twitter AGAIN!) that the Guardian Council has agreed to an election recount. This is good and possibly bad news:  good in the sense that this is another positive result for the protesters, bad in that we can still not be sure of the outcome of the recount. After all, how are the counters going to be able to tell if the votes have been tampered with or ballot boxes stuffed? There’s a long way to go on this one.

— Seems my student friend was correct last night in telling me seven people had been killed at Azadi square. It is clear from the C4 footage that the gunmen fired indiscriminately into the crowd.

— That’s about it today I am afraid. There’s a thing called a day job I have to attend to.

— But I do have to mention this. Twitter were due to take their site down for a period overnight because their service provider had to carry out scheduled maintenance. But there was such a huge clamour to stop it on the #IRANELECTION and related Twitter channels that this has now been put off. Here is what Twitter announced:

Monday, June 15, 2009

Down Time Rescheduled

A critical network upgrade must be performed to ensure continued operation of Twitter. In coordination with Twitter, our network host had planned this upgrade for tonight. However, our network partners at NTT America recognize the role Twitter is currently playing as an important communication tool in Iran. Tonight’s planned maintenance has been rescheduled to tomorrow between 2-3p PST (1:30a in Iran).

Our partners are taking a huge risk not just for Twitter but also the other services they support worldwide—we commend them for being flexible in what is essentially an inflexible situation. We chose NTT America Enterprise Hosting Services early last year specifically because of their impeccable history of reliability and global perspective. Today’s decision and actions continue to prove why NTT America is such a powerful partner for Twitter.

posted by @Biz at 4:17 PM links to this post

Power to the people indeed!

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