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[liberationtech] Libtech Codified Into Sanctions Regime Exemptions

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

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It's out, you can read it here:

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]
>  [3]
> -- *Collin David Anderson*
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