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Hacking the Revolution

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President Obama may talk a good game about Arab democracy, but he's done nothing to stop Western technology firms from helping repressive regimes crack down on protesters.

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H-P Computers Underpin Syria Surveillance

H-P Computers Underpin Syria Surveillance | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Hewlett-Packard Co. equipment worth more than $500,000 has been installed in computer rooms in Syria, underpinning a surveillance system being built to monitor e-mails and Internet use, according to documents from the deal and a person familiar...
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A face in the crowd: the FSB is watching you!

A face in the crowd: the FSB is watching you! | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

President Medvedev has made much of Russia’s need for modernisation and advanced technology. One project piloted in some Moscow metro stations involves face recognition using biometric technology. This can clearly be used as protection against terrorism, but given that the organisation which commissioned the project is the FSB, information gained could also be used for other purposes, say Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan

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Syria Crackdown Gets Italy Firm’s Aid With U.S.-Europe Spy Gear

As Syria’s crackdown on protests has claimed more than 3,000 lives since March, Italian technicians in telecom offices from Damascus to Aleppo have been busy equipping President Bashar al-Assad’s regime with the power to intercept, scan and catalog...
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Syria Uses Gear From U.S. Firm to Block Web

The U.S. company told the Journal that Syria has been using at least 13 of its devices to censor web activity—an admission that comes amid new reports of Arab Spring bloodshed there. Syria is subject to a broad U.S.
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US probes Syria's web block kit

US probes Syria's web block kit | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The US government is investigating claims that Syria is using American made equipment to restrict access to the web.
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You've Got Mail

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Perhaps the worst part of going online in China is the uncertainty. One day, jasmine is a flower. The next day it's a revolution, and a banned search word. Even with a laptop that connects to a VPN — a virtual private network, which for a fee is supposed to enable users to circumvent the Great Firewall — I can't access Facebook or other banned sites in my Beijing apartment.

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The Digital Trial - Richard K. Sherwin - Project Syndicate

The Digital Trial - Richard K. Sherwin - Project Syndicate | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Less discussed than the suspect DNA evidence in the Amanda Knox case was whether a graphic digital animation also contributed to her original conviction.
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The Canadian Connection: An investigation of Syrian government and Hezbullah web hosting in Canada

The Canadian Connection: An investigation of Syrian government and Hezbullah web hosting in Canada | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

There has been increasing attention and concern around the provision of information and communication technologies, products, and services to repressive regimes. For example, recent reports, including several of our own, have spotlighted the sale of commercial filtering and surveillance technologies to Internet service providers (ISPs) and / or governments who use those technologies to engage in national-level censorship of political, human rights, cultural, and religious content, and / or surveillance of citizens.

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Your cell phone, Congo's misery

Your cell phone, Congo's misery | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Minerals in Congo's mines go into cell phones, laptops and digital cameras, and the miners' work is perilous and poorly paid, says Robin Wright.
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Turkey: What's Behind the Country's New Internet Filtering System

When Turkish officials announced earlier this year that all internet users would soon be forced to sign up for a government-run filtering program (see this previous post), a loud outcry ensued, with p...
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Syria's Revolutionary iPhone App Helps Fight the Assad Regime

Syria's Revolutionary iPhone App Helps Fight the Assad Regime | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Amid a brutal crackdown, rebels are fighting back on their iPhones. By Babak Dehghanpisheh.
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Senators want probe of NetApp, Blue Coat devices' ties to Syria

Senators want probe of NetApp, Blue Coat devices' ties to Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The two Sunnyvale, Calif.-based companies may have illegally sold Internet-monitoring devices to Syria in violation of a U.S. embargo, three senators suggest in a letter to the Obama administration.
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Egyptian activists try to bridge digital divide

Egyptian activists try to bridge digital divide | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A group of Egyptian activists are struggling to translate their online influence into real political action by taking the "tweets to the streets."...
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Google and governments: The delicate relationship

Google and governments: The delicate relationship | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A new Google transparency report shows that the US leads the world in government requests for information on citizens' online activity.
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Syria Uses US Technology in Cyber Crackdown

Syria Uses US Technology in Cyber Crackdown | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

As the autocratic regime in Syria brutally cracks down on a pro-democracy opposition, it is using technology developed by an American company, Blue Coat Systems, to suppress dissent and block access to the internet, tech experts say.

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Lawrence Solomon: Arab world’s Steve Jobs need freedom

Lawrence Solomon: Arab world’s Steve Jobs need freedom | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syrians, and Arabs in general, are proud to learn that Steve Jobs had a Syrian biological father, calling him “the most famous Arab in the world.” But the pride is often touched with lament.
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A global revolution is under way

It is necessary to find a new system where decisions can only be taken if they have sufficient support from the people to legitimate them. This is why we cannot deny that we have entered into a new era.

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