ONLINE SEARCH OUTFIT Google has announced that now some export bans against Iran are down it is shipping its goods out there.
Neil Martin, Google's Export Compliance Programs Manager said that during the protests that erupted in Iran following the disputed presidential election in June 2009, the central government in Tehran deported all foreign journalists, shut down traditional media outlets, closed off print journalism and disrupted mobile phone lines.
The government also infiltrated networks, posing as activists and using false identities to round up dissidents.
While Youtube and Twitter were cited by journalists, activists and bloggers as the best source for firsthand accounts and on-the-scene footage of the protests and violence across the country, US export controls and sanctions programs prohibited software downloads to Iran, he said.
Martin said that now some of those export restrictions have now been lifted and today, for the first time, Google is making Google Earth, Picasa and Chrome available for download in Iran.
It will not be a total march of Google into Iran. Google will continue to block IP addresses associated with the Iranian government. We guess that means Iran's government workers will get to work from home, then.
Martin said that giving Iranians access to products means more choice, more freedom, and ultimately more power for individuals in the country. µ
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