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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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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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20 March 2012

'Dark trade' in Web-censoring tools exposed by Pakistan plan

Author: Elinor Mills, CNET

For years, Silicon Valley companies have quietly conducted a lucrative trade selling software and equipment to countries that restrict dissent over the Internet. But the recent dust-up involving an Internet filtering plan by Pakistan has turned the...

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Company non-response
7 March 2012

McAfee (part of Intel) did not respond to: Pakistan Govt. calls for proposals for internet filtering, blocking system - Pakistan-based NGO Bolo Bhi calls on tech firms not to bid.

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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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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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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

West Censoring East: The Use of Western Technologies by Middle East Censors, 2010-2011

Author: Helmi Noman & Jillian York, OpenNet Initiative; foreword by Ronald Deibert, John Palfrey, Rafal Rohozinski, Jonathan Zittrain

...[In] this paper, we analyze the use of American- and Canadian-made software for the purpose of government-level filtering in the Middle East and North Africa...[The] authors find that nine countries in the region utilize Western-made tools for the...

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2 March 2010

US Senate Internet freedom hearing

Author: compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

The US Senate's Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law held a hearing on “Global Internet Freedom and the Rule of Law” on 2 March 2010. The following are some key statements and materials relating to the hearing... [Includes statements of...

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1 March 2010

New Scrutiny on Censorship Issues for U.S. Companies in China

Author: Dan Levin, New York Times

A query [on Amazon.cn] for Zhao Ziyang — …who…[supported] the 1989 democracy demonstration in Tiananmen Square — returns no matches... Amazon’s U.S. headquarters declined to comment on the issue of censorship, saying only that the company was obliged...

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