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16 Aug 2011

Asher Moses, The Sidney Morning Herald

Fighting China's Golden Shield: Cisco sued over jailing and torture of dissidents

Cisco…is being sued by Chinese political prisoners for allegedly providing the technology and expertise used by the Chinese Communist Party to monitor, censor and suppress the Chinese people…Ward & Ward, has brought the case on behalf of Du Daobin, Zhou Yuanzhi, Liu Xianbin and 10…others…Cisco has rejected the allegations as baseless but has failed to respond to serious questions…"Cisco has…aided…the Chinese Communist Party's…to monitor, track and censor all internet traffic into and out of China."…Mr Du…Mr Zhou…and Mr Liu…claim to have been tortured and abused over articles they published online…Cisco is accused of training Chinese engineers in how to use its technology to carry out surveillance of online activity and suppress dissident activity…Cisco…said it did not operate networks in China…- it just provided the equipment - and denied it customised its products in any way that would facilitate censorship or repression…[refers to Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter]