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Netsweeper’s response

Author: Netsweeper, Published on: 7 December 2018

Netsweeper has begun to change its process to align its categorizations with those of other similar categorization companies.  Netsweeper provides tools that are used, inter alia, for the prevention of human trafficking, child exploitation, and terrorism. As mentioned in your article, computer equipment manufacturers that run the Internet’s fixed internet and mobile platforms all have interfaces that countries manually input web sites according to their laws, cultures, and values.  The large multinational switching, routing, software, and hardware companies that make the Internet work, cannot control when a system operator manually overrides the tools that they are provided.   Any allegation that Netsweeper is responsible for any such activities is false and misleading... 

If organizations are wanting the companies that make the Internet work to stop making the Internet work, the result would be that the Internet in those countries would be shut off.  Do Canadian and other organizations really want to motivate countries to shut off the Internet in those countries thereby causing financial crisis and no internet?

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This is a response from the following companies: Netsweeper