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[liberationtech] Libtech Codified Into Sanctions Regime Exemptions

Michael Carbone michael at accessnow.org
Thu May 30 11:05:49 PDT 2013


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It's out, you can read it here:

http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20130530_33.aspx

http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/iran_gld.pdf

On 05/30/2013 06:10 AM, Collin Anderson wrote:
> Colleagues,
> 
> Today, the US Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets
> Control is set to announce the lifting of sanctions of certain
> types of personal communications technologies, including reportedly
> for the first time commercial products such as mobile phones [1].
> In a less noticed move, while Canada increased its sanctions
> against Iran, the Foreign Affairs and International Trade included
> an exemption for:
> 
> /(a) equipment, services and software that facilitate secure and 
> widespread communications via information technologies, or the 
> provision or acquisition of financial services in relation to such 
> equipment, services and software, provided that an export permit
> has been issued in respect of any goods listed in the Guide; /[2]
> 
> 
> This is critical and did not happen in isolation -- for the past
> few years, civil society has pushed for larger legal exemptions for
> the available of communications technology, and for vendors to
> take advantage of those authorizations that are granted [3].
> 
> I want to convene to Libtech the immensity of these achievements,
> access to information technology is now on par with humanitarian
> assistance for two major export control regimes. While not
> receiving as much attention as CISIPA, this was a long endeavour
> for civil society and a significant accomplishment. This is just
> the beginning -- the burden now is shifted to companies such as
> Google, GoDaddy and Oracle who have poor track records when it
> comes allowing services to Cuba, Iran, Syria and Sudan [4].
> However, on the whole, the actions demonstrate exactly what the
> perceived place of the Internet is in the lives of people in places
> like Iran.
> 
> Cordially, Collin
> 
> 
> [1]
> http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-29/u-s-to-ease-iran-sanctions-on-laptops-mobile-phones.html
>
> 
[2]
> http://www.international.gc.ca/sanctions/iran_developments-developpements_iran3.aspx
>  [3]
> https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/06/eff-signs-joint-coalition-letter-urging-companies-be-proactive-export-regulations
>
> 
[4]
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Amq69Ncu9Fp_dGtRMUtIR3k3X0tRY1dTZ0loeXRWWEE#gid=0
> -- *Collin David Anderson* averysmallbird.com
> <http://averysmallbird.com> | @cda | Washington, D.C.
> 
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Manager of Tech Policy & Programs
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