[wp-meta] [Making WordPress.org] #5584: slack block users from Iran

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Wed Jan 27 07:06:16 UTC 2021

#5584: slack block users from Iran
 Reporter:  alihendavi   |       Owner:  (none)
     Type:  defect       |      Status:  closed
 Priority:  normal       |   Milestone:
Component:  Slack & IRC  |  Resolution:  wontfix
 Keywords:               |

Comment (by dd32):

 Hi @alihendavi,

 Replying to [comment:2 alihendavi]:
 > wordpress.slack.com's admin can request to solve this problem for
 Iranian users.

 Unfortunately, WordPress cannot influence Slacks commercial decisions and
 their legal obligations under their respective laws.

 As I'm sure you're aware, the US trade embargo's affect the ability for
 companies to export certain content and as a result Iranian IP addresses
 are blocked from the service. That, combined with Iranian laws also
 restricts the usage of VPNs to work around those IP limitations.

 As how GitHub [https://github.blog/2021-01-05-advancing-developer-freedom-
 github-is-fully-available-in-iran/ has secured a license] to maintain
 compliance with US law, Slack can opt to do the same, but WordPress cannot
 influence that decision. [https://slack.com/intl/en-au/help/requests/new
 You can reach out to Slack] to let them know about your want to use their
 software and encourage them to follow GitHubs lead to secure a license of
 their own.

 > WordPress is free and opens source all people around the world can use
 it freely.

 WordPress, as an open-source project, will remain to be available to all
 freely. Unfortunately due to our usage of Slack, you will be limited from
 being able to access our real-time communication platform at this point in
 time. This may change at a future date depending on Slacks decisions
 (Which are their own and not ours), trade embargo's, or if we were to move
 to another open platform entirely.

 Thank you for wanting to contribute to WordPress, I encourage you to
 continue to be involved through Trac and any other means accessible to
 you. I'm sorry our communication platform can't be included at this time.

Ticket URL: <https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/5584#comment:3>
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