Technology and human rights

by on April 23, 2012 at 12:57 pm in Law, Web/Tech | Permalink

President Obama will issue an executive order Monday that will allow 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…Although the order is designed to target companies and individuals assisting the governments of Iran and Syria, they said, future executive orders could name others aiding other countries through technology in crackdowns on dissent.

Here is more, and I thank a loyal MR reader for the pointer.

1 Jonathan April 23, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Ironic, are we not engaging in the same thing. This is disgusting.

2 John Thacker April 23, 2012 at 2:35 pm

No, we’re not foreign nationals.

More seriously, I’m sure that President Obama will oppose such actions by the US Government as soon as the next time there is a Republican President.

3 CBBB April 23, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Obama is a massive, massive hypocrite. What else is new?

4 anon April 23, 2012 at 1:19 pm


5 anon April 23, 2012 at 1:20 pm

The +1 is for Jonathan’s comment

6 joshua April 23, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Does this mean the US will be imposing sanctions against itself?

7 Steve Sailer April 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Meanwhile, the National Security Administration is building a vast compound outside Bluffdale, Utah to do who knows what with external and internal communications in the U.S.

8 ahow628 April 23, 2012 at 3:26 pm

According to an NSA whistleblower, they have it all already.

9 albatross May 1, 2012 at 10:47 am

This way, after the US has morphed into a high tech dystopia, other countries will still be worth fleeing to.

10 Randy April 23, 2012 at 4:07 pm

What naked hypocracy.

11 mobile April 23, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Oh well, at least there won’t be any unintended consequences.

12 Stan April 23, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Do drones count?

13 sam April 24, 2012 at 3:09 am
14 Mark April 23, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Whoa, whoa, whoa!! We are engaged in the same thing? You sense hypocrisy? Please tell me exactly where our government is engaged in carrying out “grave human rights abuses”?

15 Anti-Gnostic April 24, 2012 at 11:35 am

I tend to be cynical about the term “human rights.” But, kidnapping people in the Middle East and southern Asia and sending them to Guantanamo, Yemen and elsewhere to be waterboarded and beat up does trouble me. As does flying drones over other countries’ territory and blowing up their wedding parties.

And I can’t speak to ‘grave,’ but the TSA is an appalling agency.

16 Jeff Morgan April 24, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Thank you Mark. Tyler believes a blog gets the commenters it deserves. Many of the previous comments make the blog look bad (their policy preference is… let the oppressors oppress?).

17 Anti-Gnostic April 24, 2012 at 4:16 pm

How about we not grant bureaucrats extruded, ill-defined powers that can be used against us on a whim?

18 albatross May 1, 2012 at 10:50 am

I haven’t seen anyone proposing that oppressors keep oppressing their people. Rather, I’ve seen many people noting that we’re heading down the same road as many of those oppressive and nasty governments. This isn’t “and that’s why Syria and Russia should also become high tech dystopias,” but rather “the US should also not become a high tech dystopia.”

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