The totalitarian regimes of Egypt (now deposed) and Iran depend on the ability to limit their people’s access to the Internet. The harder it is for people to communicate, the harder it is for them to coordinate and revolt.

United States citizens like Lancaster resident Paul Rothrock have been helping citizens of Egypt and Iran get around those government filters by setting up “SSH tunnels.” Paul is a freelance Web application developer. His business is Iceland Consulting. He joins us this week to explain how and why he has been giving access to residents of Egypt and Iran.

For more of Paul, find him on Twitter (and other social networks) as Icelander.

For more about SSH tunneling, Paul recommends these resources:

Support for this episode provided by Lapp Structures and Pennsylvania College of Art & Design.

Theme music: Invisible Walls by Revolution Void
Break music: Mariguanioum by Crackin’ Rubato