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US State New Guidelines for Iranian Internet Sanctions The US Department of the Treasury revealed on Tuesday that new guidelines have been introduced in relation to what US applications and solutions is permissible as part of the country’s sanctions against Iran. Over the years there's been many complaints that the limitations on web solutions, like web hosting from Blue host, in Iran has restricted communication and hindered the efforts of reform activists within the country. The subsequent technologies, software programa and solutions are now allowable in Iran, as part of the less restricted recommendations: -Internet browsers (e.g IE9, Chrome, Firefox) -File Software such as Adobe Acrobat Reader -Messenger Systems like Skype, Windows live, Google Talk -Data Storage -RSS Feeds and Aggregators -Plug-ins such as Adobe’s Flash Player Previously, in a law which has been in effect since 1997, the meaning of the sanctions resulted in no solutions, goods or technologies could possibly be supplied to Iran. This resulted in many, such as internet hosting firms like Blue host, to turn off all connections to the Islamic state. The result of these actions has, as I have said, actually constrained and restricted the capability of democracy and reform activists in the nation to organize, which clearly wasn’t the purpose behind the law. The Obama administration’s newest announcement to help define the recommendations better is to help entice companies to provide the Iranian people with at least some basic web features, which by no means clashes with the overall spirit to keep sanctions on the regime in the nation. It's a difficult balancing act obviously, and far more tactical thinking is needed to make sure that the sanctions both do what they are designed to complete and isolate Iran politically and financially, but additionally not stop the capability for the Iranian people to easily communicate and assist them to communicate their views easily along with assisting the organization of opposition groups.


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