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U.S. Targets Tech’s Role in Oppression

Published on April 23, 2012
by Laura Meckler and Jared A. Favole

President Barack Obama has signed an executive order targeting people and companies facilitating human-rights abuses with technology, part of a broader push by the White House to combat mass atrocities at a time of heightened concern over civilian massacres in places like Syria.

The order authorizes sanctions and visa bans against people using information technology who commit or facilitate grave human-rights abuses related to “Syrian and Iranian regime brutality,” the White House said. The order would also allow the U.S. to target companies that enable human-rights abuses with technology.

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