US Eases Sanctions On Communications Software For Cuba, Iran And Sudan

from the communication-is-good dept

Realizing that better communications tools would probably help spread important ideas and efforts against totalitarian regimes, the US has finally eased sanctions against providing communications software in Cuba, Iran and Sudan. In the past, economic sanctions against those countries were supposed to create pressure for the regimes to change -- but in practice that's been a pretty big failure. Now, it appears, folks in the administration are finally realizing that more open communication allows for much greater efforts and organization, as well as more information from elsewhere. This is a good move -- just many years too late.
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    Anonymous Coward, 9 Mar 2010 @ 10:20am

    To qualify for the authorization in the regulation all the services and software must be publicly available at no cost to the user.

    Profit and greed don't have anything to do with these changes to the regulations. Forget that line of thinking. You can still get specific authorizations to sell such products to these countries from the Office of Foreign Asset Control (at Treasury) but good luck with that one.

    These rules changes were just to cover gray areas in the sanctions laws that people were already exploiting. It's a nice step and I doubt anyone will try to challenge the legality of it all.

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