Jon Matonis (@JonMatonis), contributor to Forbes and board member of the Bitcoin Foundation, writes on the restrictions that limit the availability to the Bitcoin.org client for those in Iran. Excerpts:
"The regular people of Iran have had access blocked to certain open source software sites for downloading applications such as Bitcoin."
"The 20-month-old blockade hasn’t been instigated by Iran’s mullahs but by the U.S.-led embargo which prohibits certain persons from receiving services via open source hosting sites."
"Forget about the mere difficulties of obtaining and trading bitcoin for national fiat currency in Iran — without the client software, they are not even there yet."
"Source code can also be distributed in text-based form like a PDF or scanable book which is what MIT did for Phil Zimmermann and later what 70 international volunteers did for the PGPi Scanning Project in 1997."
"More and more, the Bitcoin Project is starting to look like the Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) secure email program with each passing day."
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