Obama to issue order targeting use of new technologies in human rights abuse cases abroad
Washington, D.C., USA

Sun Apr 22, 10:49 p.m. EDT: The +Washington Post reports that President +Barack 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.

Authoritarian governments, particularly in Syria and Iran, have shown that their security services can harness technology to help crack down on dissents — by conducting surveillance, blocking access to the Internet or tracking the movements of opposition figures.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-to-target-foreign-nationals-use-of-new-technologies-in-human-rights-abuses/2012/04/22/gIQA4ngxaT_story.html

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