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H.R.4301 - Iranian Digital Empowerment Act
To support the democratic aspirations of the Iranian people by enhancing their ability to access the Internet and communications services.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND SENSE OF CONGRESS.
(1) The Government of Iran is engaged in a range of activities that interfere with and infringe upon the right of the Iranian people to access independent news and information and to exercise basic freedoms, in particular through electronic media.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) On September 28, 2009, a consortium reportedly controlled by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps purchased a controlling interest in the Iranian Telecommunications Company.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) On numerous occasions, including most recently ahead of student demonstrations on December 7, 2009, the Government of Iran has restricted access to Internet and telecommunications networks in order to limit popular dissent.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) In the aftermath of the disputed June 2009 Iranian presidential elections, the Iranian people utilized Twitter, Facebook, and other personal communication technologies to organize demonstrations and related activities.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(6) Citing the crucial role that Internet communications technologies were playing in post-election Iran, the Department of State requested Twitter delay a planned maintenance so that Iranians could continue use of the service without interruption.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(7) The United States has a vital interest in working to ensure that its policies do not unintentionally aid the repressive policies of the Government of Iran or hinder the Iranian people’s basic rights and freedoms.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(10) In a September 2009 response regarding the suspension of messaging services within Iran by Microsoft and Google, Director of the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Adam Szubin, stated that, ‘Ensuring the flow and access to information available through the Internet and similar public sources is consistent with the policy interests of the United States Government.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) encourages the development and provision of technologies and services to the Iranian people that enable them to communicate with each other and the outside world; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) encourages companies, organizations, and individuals to enable large numbers of users to bypass censorship and surveillance technologies, for the purposes of promoting Iranians’ unfettered access to the Internet, which is a civil liberty that should be enjoyed by all people.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. AUTHORIZATION OF EXPORTS OF CERTAIN SOFTWARE AND RELATED SERVICES TO IRAN.
(a) Authorization- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the export of software and related services described in subsection (b) to Iran by United States persons may not be prohibited or otherwise restricted.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) IN GENERAL- In this subsection, the term ‘Government of Iran’ includes the government of any political subdivision of Iran, and any agency or instrumentality of the Government of Iran.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) AGENCY OR INSTRUMENTALITY- For purposes of subparagraph (A), the term ‘agency or instrumentality of the Government of Iran’ means an agency of instrumentality of a foreign state as defined in
(d) Effective Date- This section shall apply with respect to the export of software and related services referred to in subsection (a) on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink