Obama Administration Relaxes Access to U.S. Social Networking Technology Exports to Iran, Sudan and Cuba Authorized
March 10, 2010
Behnam Dayanim, Scott M. Flicker, and Tara Giunta
The dramatic events surrounding the Iranian Presidential election last summer vividly demonstrated the power of Internet communications and social networking media such as Twitter® and Facebook® to serve as instruments of political organization and change. In an effort to support and foster access to these services, the Obama Administration began easing restrictions last December on exports to Iran of mass-market software and technology essential for the exchange of personal communications and sharing of information over the Internet, which otherwise are prohibited under the United States long-standing trade sanctions against Iran.