In a message to Iranians on the occasion of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year on March 20, 2012, United States President Barack Obama condemned Iran for the creation of an “electronic curtain” which stops the free flow of information and ideas into the country.
Now the U.S. Department of State's Bureau for International Information Programs has released an animation about the electronic curtain on YouTube and is leveraging the internet to pass on the message. They encourage using the hashtag #ConnectIran.
Also on March 20, the U.S. Department of Treasury announced the easing of sanctions on some Internet services. See our interview with Iranians: Does Easing Internet Sanctions Make Any Difference?