14 Oct '12, 11am

Financial Cryptography: More surreal events in the Crypto Cold War - the #BitCoin blockade of Iran via @BitCoinReporter

More surreal events in the Crypto Cold War - the BitCoin blockade of Iran There is a popular view that the crypto wars of the 1990s were won when President Clinton signed the order making open source free of export controls. An alternative theory is that, on retiring in 2000, he allowed the intelligence community to defang the crypto-geeks by handing them a victory - colourful, public but empty of strategic significance. Meanwhile, the war is carried on by other means. Here's some evidence that suggests that the other means are still well in force - Sourceforge has blocked Iranian users from accessing BitCoin software. Jon Matonis writes : The original and official Bitcoin client is hosted in the United States on GeekNet’s SourceForge.net who explained their denial of site access policy on their blog: The specific list of sanctions that affect our users concern the transfe...

Full article: http://financialcryptography.com/mt/archives/001389.html

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