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Obama seeks to curb Iran, Syria dissident monitoring

Reuters - Apr 23, 2012
A walk through the waste, excreta and sewage that abounds in India./ U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks on job creation at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio, April 18, 2012./ (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will announce sanctions on Monday on those helping Syria and Iran acquire technology that lets them target dissidents through their cell phone and Internet use. Social media tools that allowed democracy campaigners to organize rallies across the Middle East and North Africa are being monitored by Tehran ...


Obama unveils Syria, Iran technology sanctions

Yahoo! News - Apr 23, 2012
and the "digital guns for hire" who help them oppress their people with Obama announced additions to the pile of US sanctions already faced by the two , atrocities and genocide, at a speech at the US Holocaust Museum. The measures will hit the two governments but also companies that help create systems that track or monitor their people for killing, torture or other abuses and prevent individuals involved from entering the United States. "I've signed an executive order that authorizes new sanctions against the Syrian government and Iran and ...


US hits Iran, Syria with new sanctions

Fox News - Apr 23, 2012
The Obama administration is piling new sanctions on Iranian and Syrian intelligence agencies and communications firms to pressure entities that use information technology to commit human rights abuses. After President Barack Obama signed a new executive order permitting the penalties on Monday, the Treasury Department slapped sanctions on six Iranian and Syrian companies or government branches along with the head of Syria's intelligence directorate. The sanctions freeze any assets they may have in U.S. jurisdictions and ban Americans from ...


Obama announces sanctions for tech used in human rights abuses in Iran and Syria

Washington Post - Apr 23, 2012
President Obama issued an executive order Monday that allows U.S. officials for the first time to impose sanctions against foreign nationals found to have used new technologies, from cellphone tracking to Internet monitoring, to help carry out grave human rights abuses. Social media and cellphone technology have been widely credited with helping democracy advocates organize against autocratic governments and better expose rights violations, most notably over the past year and a half in the Middle East and North Africa./ THE FIX | Being the ...


Obama to cite new technologies in rights abuses: report

Yahoo! News - Apr 23, 2012
will issue an order on Monday to allow imposition of sanctions on foreign nationals who use new technologies such as cell-phone tracking and as saying that the executive order was designed to target companies and individuals assisting The paper said the order noted that while social media and cell phones had helped democracy advocates organize in the Middle East, they had also enabled security services of autocratic nations such as to conduct surveillance of dissidents and block access to the Internet. The order will acknowledge these ...


Obama Moves to Block Technology Used by Regimes Against Protests

Business Week - Apr 23, 2012
President Barack Obama authorized sanctions against individuals and entities that provide information technology that aid regimes in cracking down on dissidents. The executive order from the president is aimed at thwarting the governments of Syria and Iran in particular for their “malign use of technology” to track, monitor and disrupt anti government protesters. The targets of the sanctions are those who operated, sold, leased or provided services or technology that those governments use to abuse human rights, according to an executive ...


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