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U.S. Allows Export of Social Network Technology and Services to Cuba, Iran, and Sudan

The Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) announced yesterday it would allow exports to Cuba, Iran, and the Sudan under a general license of services and software used for instant messaging, chat and email, social networking, sharing of photos and movies, web browsing, and blogging. To qualify for this authorization, the services and must be publicly available at no cost to the user.  The Iranian and Cuban regimes are some of the worst internet censors in the world.  Fortunately, mobile technology and other technology make it increasingly more difficult for regime officials to block all internet and social networking tools.  To the extent that this general license affords more access to these tools and non-controlled software, the better.

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