March 6, 2012
How Western Tech Firms Are Helping Arab Dictators

The communications devices activists use are not as safe as they might believe, and dozens of companies — many of them based in North America and Europe — are selling technology to authoritarian governments that can be used against democratic movements. Such tools can exploit security flaws in the activists’ technology, intercept a user’s communications, or even pinpoint their location. In many cases, this technology has led to the arrest, torture, and even death of individuals whose only “crime” was exercising their universal right to free speech. And, in most of these cases, the public knew nothing about it.
Read more. [Image: Reuters]

How Western Tech Firms Are Helping Arab Dictators

The communications devices activists use are not as safe as they might believe, and dozens of companies — many of them based in North America and Europe — are selling technology to authoritarian governments that can be used against democratic movements. Such tools can exploit security flaws in the activists’ technology, intercept a user’s communications, or even pinpoint their location. In many cases, this technology has led to the arrest, torture, and even death of individuals whose only “crime” was exercising their universal right to free speech. And, in most of these cases, the public knew nothing about it.

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

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    So , at the same time Western governments cry the oppressed people under those brutal dictatorships need help, the...
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    Damn
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    democracy! free speech! we are SO MUCH BETTER THAN THOSE COUNTRIES OVER THERE!!!!
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    There should be laws against business practices like these, you’d think they’d have learnt that from the likes of IBM...
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