As Iran prepares for another election that is unlikely to be fair or free, it is time to end sanctions on personal communications devices that undermine the democratic aspirations of ordinary Iranians.
At the height of Iran's green movement protests, the world was galvanized to action by Neda, the young Iranian woman who was shot dead in the street simply for demanding her vote be counted. But the only reason any of us were able to see that video was because an ordinary person in Iran broke U.S. sanctions. The phone that was used to capture that video, the computer it was uploaded to and the operating system it was running were all sanctioned. The modem to connect to the Internet, the VPN likely used to bypass Iranian government filters--all of these hardware and software items were and still are legally prohibited under U.S. sanctions for Americans or American companies to send to Iranians.
Tell the President to take action to show the people of Iran that we want their story to be told and for them to be able to connect with one another and the rest of the world.
... Payvand News - 05/25/13 ... --