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10 December 2013

[PDF] Business and Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa – A regional briefing

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

This briefing provides insights into many cases of alleged abuse, and company responses to them, alongside descriptions of positive steps that some firms are taking. It provides practical examples of the ways forward for companies and governments in...

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Company response
11 June 2013

Blue Coat statement re allegations of involvement of its products in internet censorship in Syria and Iran

Author: Blue Coat

We take reports about the presence of Blue Coat technology in embargoed countries very seriously. We have been aware of the presence of our appliances in Syria and have been actively cooperating with the U.S. government since 2011 as part of its...

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Article
25 April 2013

Dubai firm fined $2.8 million for shipping Blue Coat monitoring gear to Syria

Author: Steve Stecklow, Reuters

[Blue Coat also referred to this item as part of its response]. A Dubai distribution company has agreed to pay a $2.8 million civil penalty for shipping embargoed U.S. devices to the Syrian government to monitor and control internet traffic.....

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Article
14 June 2012

[PDF] Digital Freedoms in International Law: Practical Steps to Protect Human Rights Online

Author: Ian Brown & Douwe Korff, Global Network Initiative

While states are responsible for protecting human rights online under international law, companies responsible for Internet infrastructure, products and services can play an important supporting role. Companies also have a legal and corporate social...

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Story
14 June 2012

Governments & companies can collaborate to protect freedom of expression & privacy online, says report commissioned by Global Network Initiative

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Article
1 May 2012

Peer Pressure

Author: Catherine Dunn, Corporate Counsel [USA]

American companies have been criticized in recent years for selling technology to countries that may use it to thwart dissent…A Chinese company took center stage [in March] because it's a major supplier of cameras and surveillance tools to Chinese...

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Article
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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Article
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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Article
17 January 2012

Internet Freedom and the Digital Earthquake of 2011

Author: Michael H. Posner, US Department of State

I am here to speak about Internet freedom as a foundation for the 21st Century human rights agenda…This past year has highlighted the promise and the peril of the Internet as a transformative tool both for human expression and for repression…Freedom...

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Company response
7 December 2011

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

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