Musk’s Starlink wants exceptions to Iran’s censorship


The Starlink satellite network wants to offer internet in censored Iran. According to owner Elon Musk, the company is seeking exemptions from US sanctions.

Starlink, a sub-unit of Musk’s space company Space X, is sending up thousands of small satellites that will enable broadband worldwide. The satellite network also gives residents of authoritarian countries the chance to bypass censorship.

Earlier this year, Space X shipped free equipment to war-torn Ukraine, to facilitate communications in the fight against Russia’s invasion. And now Iranians on Twitter have appealed to Musk to do the same for Iran, where protests against the regime have now grown.

Activists: The situation in Iran is urgent

In the case of Iran, such supplies could violate the US trade embargo. But Musk responds that “Starlink will seek exemptions from the Iran sanctions for this purpose”.

However, when this could produce results is unclear. And activists describe the situation in Iran as urgent. Protests following the death of a young woman in the custody of the morality police in Tehran have become so widespread that the authorities shut down the internet in parts of the country.


Source: Nyteknik – Senaste nytt by www.nyteknik.se.

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