Monday, March 08, 2010

U.S. Internet Exports Relaxed for Iran, Sudan, Cuba

Today the U.S. Treasury Department issued a general license for the exportation of personal Internet-based services and software to Iran, Sudan, and Cuba. The New York Times reports that "there have been growing calls in Congress and elsewhere to lift the [export] restrictions, particularly after the postelection protests in Iran illustrated the power of Internet-based services like Facebook and Twitter. "

Read the Treasury Department's press release for a description of the amendments to the Iranian Transactions Regulations, Sudanese Sanctions Regulations, and Cuban Assets Control Regulations. An official at the Treasury Department explains that the changes are intended to facilitate free communication between these countries and the outside world. The full rule is here.

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