U.S. removes Internet sanctions against Iran, Cuba and Sudan

U.S. removes Internet sanctions against Iran, Cuba and Sudan

Summary: The government is removing specific trade sanctions to enhance internet applications and services offered by U.S. companies.

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The government is removing specific trade sanctions against Iran, Cuba and Sudan to enhance internet applications and services offered by U.S. companies. The change in policy removes restrictions from companies like Facebook, Twitter and others to offer services in those regions. In a Senate hearing last week on Human Rights and the Law, a key issue discussed was the lack of access to U.S. Internet based applications.

In a press release issued today, Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin said;

"Consistent with the Administration's deep commitment to the universal rights of all the world's citizens, the issuance of these general licenses will make it easier for individuals in Iran, Sudan and Cuba to use the Internet to communicate with each other and with the outside world.  Today's actions will enable Iranian, Sudanese and Cuban citizens to exercise their most basic rights," said Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin.

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  • Torn

    I'm torn over this. On one hand I'm all for anything that allows these hell-holes' Citizens to get the word out. On the other hand I'm wary of providing anything that might be construed as material support to these Evil regimes. Cuba is iffy in small areas but Iran and Sudan? Those governments need liberation.
    BP314
    • it's a delicate balance that

      offers difficult challenges.

      Read Omid Memarian's testimony before Senate
      Hearing on Human rights and the Law.

      http://government.zdnet.com/?p=7497
      doug.hanchard
  • Does this include...?

    Does this mean that they are un-blocking Sourceforge?
    computer_freak_8
    • excellent question

      Don't have an answer to that. I can try to find out. The Treasury Department statement is not that specific.
      doug.hanchard
  • RE: U.S. removes Internet sanctions against Iran, Cuba and Sudan

    As if it hasn't already been available to those who wanted it badly enough. It is good to open it up though, even if only a small group of people will be allowed to use links that leave their land.
    twaynesdomain-22354355019875063839220739305988
  • RE: U.S. removes Internet sanctions against Iran, Cuba and Sudan

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