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6 November 2018
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Author: Olivier Tesquet, Télérama (France)

 « L'Union européenne renonce à durcir l'exportation de technologies de surveillance », 29 octobre 2018...

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26 June 2017

Salespeople for AREA, IPS and Semptian filmed saying they would sell spyware to agents who they knew might sell it onward to repressive govts. in Syria, Iran & South Sudan

Author: Al Jazeera Investigative Unit

Exclusive: Spyware firms in breach of global sanctions, 10 April 2017  ...

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18 April 2016
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Author: Bati Actu (France)

…[Q]uatre entreprises du bâtiment, APRR et AREA du groupe Eiffage, Giletto et Vinci Environnement de la société Vinci, se sont vues remettre…au ministère du Travail le "label Diversité" pour leur engagement volontaire de la diversité et la prévention...

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12 October 2012

Enemies of the Internet [Iran]

Author: Alex Luhrman, Santa Barbara Independent

From a leaked classified internal document from the Syrian Arab Republic’s Communication Department dated February 2, 2012...an Iranian company will be taking over the construction of Internet surveillance and monitoring stations across Syria. The...

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6 March 2012

Surveillance Inc: How Western Tech Firms Are Helping Arab Dictators

Author: Trevor Timm and Jillian C. York of Electronic Frontier Foundation, in the Atlantic

As democratic movements spread in the Middle East, governments are cracking down, and that means big business for the companies who help them do it. {refers to Area SPA, Bluecoat Systems, Trovicor, Amesys (part of Bull), Telestragies. Includes...

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7 February 2012

Sanctions, technology and human rights in Syria

Author: Bama Athreya, executive director, United to End Genocide in The Hill [USA]

[R]ecent actions by President Barack Obama and the Senate...demonstrate the United States’ willingness to hold perpetrators like Bashar al-Assad – as well as countries and corporations that enable their brutal actions – accountable...The international...

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24 January 2012

Human Rights First & OWNI Digital Journalism articles on surveillance technology & oppressive regimes

Author: Meg Roggensack and Betsy Walters, Human Rights First, OWNI Digital Journalism; reponses compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

In November 2011, Human Rights First published a blog entitled "Excuses, excuses: Surveillance Technology and Oppressive Regimes", alleging that companies providing surveillance technology to oppressive regimes in the Middle East contribute to human...

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19 January 2012

EU Says Syria Spyware Ban Covers E-Mail Probes, Remote Infection

Author: Vernon Silver, Bloomberg

The European Union’s ban on exports of surveillance technology to Syria includes equipment that can peer into the contents of e-mail or intercept telephone text messages “…”The rules, which are meant to curb human rights abuses during a crackdown that...

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7 December 2011

Response by Area: Human Rights First says companies providing surveillance technology to oppressive regimes in the Middle East contribute to human rights abuses.

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18 November 2011

H-P Computers Underpin Syria Surveillance

Author: Vernon Silver, Bloomberg

Hewlett-Packard equipment worth more than $500,000 has been installed in computer rooms in Syria, underpinning a surveillance system being built to monitor e-mails and Internet use, according to documents from the deal and a person familiar with the...

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