Posts tagged “Iran”

U.S. Hopes Exports Will Help Open Closed Societies

WASHINGTON — Seeking to exploit the Internet’s potential for prying open closed societies, the Obama administration will permit technology companies to export online services like instant messaging, chat and photo sharing to Iran, Cuba and Sudan, a senior administration official said Sunday.

On Monday, he said, the Treasury Department will issue a general license for the export of free personal Internet services and software geared toward the populations in all three countries, allowing Microsoft, Yahoo and other providers to get around strict export restrictions.

From The New York Times

Iran, Facebook, and the Limits of Online Activism

The many-voiced, every-man-for-himself spirit of the Iranian blogosphere is an admirable exercise of the freedom of expression, but it is not the ideal way for a group to concentrate its energies in negotiations with a hostile state. From Foreign Policy Dispatch The green movement’s Internet leaders are learning the perils and pitfalls of online organizing… Read more »