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23 October 2011

Syria using American software to censor Internet, experts say

Author: Sari Horwitz, Washington Post

Syria is using equipment and software developed by an American company to censor the Internet and conduct surveillance of its citizens…The equipment, developed by…Blue Coat Systems is allegedly being used by Syria’s autocratic government to block...

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16 August 2011

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

Author: Asher Moses, The Sidney Morning Herald

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...

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1 August 2011

Canadian software used to censor web abroad; prompts calls for cyberspace 'foreign policy'

Author: Benjamin Shingler, The Canadian Press

Netsweeper Inc..has provided services for telecommunications companies in Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen...[and] has blocked websites related to homosexuality, sex education and human-rights advocacy, as well as some newspapers and blogs and...

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6 July 2011

Google vs. Facebook: Should Human Rights Factor in Your Choice of Social Network?

Author: Timothy Karr, Free Press and SavetheInternet.com, in Huffington Post [USA]

What would…Mark Zuckerberg lose by refusing Chinese demands that he censor Facebook?...This came up after reading Christopher Luna's analysis of Google Plus as an alternative to Facebook…[Luna] wrote that he's come to trust Google more because of its...

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10 June 2011

Facebook's Test in China: What Price Free Speech?

Author: [column] John Bussey, Wall Street Journal

What to make of Facebook—which holds itself up as an icon of openness—and its flirtation with the largest authoritarian nation on earth?...Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of the [company, said]...in October..."I don't want it to be this company that just spreads...

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19 May 2011

New Yorkers sue China over internet censorship

Author: Reuters

Eight New York residents are suing China and its biggest search engine company, accusing Baidu of conspiring with the government to censor pro-democracy content...Baidu spokesman Kaiser Kuo declined to comment. According to the complaint filed in the...

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28 March 2011

Firms including Intel's McAfee, Blue Coat, Palo Alto Networks, Websense provide software used for censorship to Middle East govts.

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28 March 2011

Meet the U.S. Companies Helping Censor the Arab Web

Author: John Hudson, Atlantic Wire [USA]

While the U.S. State Department spends millions of dollars helping people in the Middle East circumvent Web censorship, a handful of California companies are providing autocratic Middle East regimes with the technology to censor the Web, reports The...

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28 March 2011

U.S. Products Help Block Mideast Web

Author: Paul Sonne & Steve Stecklow, Wall Street Journal

McAfee [part of Intel]...has provided content-filtering software used by Internet-service providers in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, according to interviews with buyers and a regional reseller. Blue Coat Systems…has sold hardware and technology in...

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9 December 2010

WikiLeaks, Human Rights, and Business

Author: Faris Natour, Business for Social Responsibility

…[T]he WikiLeaks saga has now squarely landed in the middle of one of the most pressing business and human rights debates of our time: the responsibility of business to respect the rights to free expression and privacy. After companies from Amazon to...

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