United States Expanding Internet in Iran
The Obama administration’s decision to partially lift a ban on certain free Internet services to Iran is expected to assist the Iranian opposition. The United States had hoped to halt nuclear development in the Islamic Republic by blocking free software to Iran such as Google Chat and Yahoo Messenger. However, social networking tools were instrumental in last summer’s large-scale protest, the largest since the Islamic revolution in 1979. No doubt, greater access will benefit future protests.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that a firm would be licensed to expand Internet usage to Iranians. Without elaborating on how Internet access will be expanded, Secretary Clinton characterized this as a “chess game” and predicted that the Iranian government will continue to attempt to prevent the Iranian people from accessing American sites.
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