Regional Access Restrictions
United States export control regulations prohibit U.S. businesses, such as Duckietown, from offering services to users in specific sanctioned geographical areas.
To comply with these regulations, Duckietown can not allow users in these countries or regions to access all of, or certain parts of, our website, including aspects of our documentation, pedagogical resources, and code.
These countries or regions are currently: Iran, Sudan, Crimea, Cuba, Syria, North Korea, the Russian Federation, and certain regions of Ukraine. This list is subject to change depending on U. S. export control regulations.
More information about the sanctions programs administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Department of the Treasury is available at https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/pages/default.aspx.
Licenses from government authorities would allow us to provide access to educators and learners in some of these regions. However, given the nuanced complexity of the sanctions and their dynamic nature, Duckietown does not have the resources to apply for special licenses. Therefore we must restrict access to our content as it comprises advanced courses in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Depending on your exact location, you may encounter an IP block when attempting to visit or otherwise access our content.
We created Duckietown to democratize access to top-quality (robot autonomy) education and make it accessible worldwide. We do not believe individuals to be generally responsible for the actions of their governments and deeply regret having to use these discriminatory access restriction measures. Nonetheless, dura lex, sed lex [harsh law, but still a law].
Duckietown will continue to monitor the situation with the U.S. Department of State and Office of Foreign Assets Control closely, and we hope to soon be able to provide access to users across the world while being in compliance with applicable law.
For any additional information, comment, or doubt, please do not hesitate to reach out.