This past Thursday, the Obama administration removed all digital sanctions in place that for the past twenty years have prevented US based companies from (legally) exporting digital goods like mobile phones, web hosting, Anonymous VPN Service, and more – to Iran.
This five-page document recently published by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has immediately authorized the following transactions:
(1) The exportation or re-exportation, directly or indirectly, from the United States or by US persons, wherever located, to persons in Iran of fee-based services incident to the exchange of personal communications over the Internet, such as instant messaging, chat and e-mail, social networking, sharing of photos and movies, Web browsing, and blogging.
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(4) The exportation or re-exportation, directly or indirectly, from the United States or by US persons, wherever located, to persons in Iran of consumer-grade Internet connectivity services and the provision, sale, or leasing of capacity on telecommunications transmission facilities (such as satellite or terrestrial network connectivity) incident to personal communications.
This initiative is part of a broader plan to revise American sanction law against Iran. These new changes to sanctions make it legal for US based to provide online services, VPNs, mobile apps, and anti-censorship software solutions to the people of Iran. Of course, it’s no secret that many Iranians have been accessing these materials for years, however many analysts expect these new changes will have both a practical and political economic impact.
Do all VPNs work in Iran?
No. Just because Obama said it was OK, doesn’t mean the state-mandated filtering system approves of your “non-Islamic” download request.
Iran’s internet filtering regime is backed up by a series of laws that control the publication of any sensitive information. Individuals who subscribe to Internet service providers (ISPs) must personally promise in writing not to access “non-Islamic” websites. The laws also require ISPs to install filtering mechanisms that cover access to both Web sites and e-mail requests. Punishment for violations of content-related laws can be harsh. In additional to filtering requests, most common VPN protocols like PPTP and some OpenVPN are currently blocked in most areas.
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