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U.S., U.K. Companies Help Egyptian Regime Shut Down the Internet. What do you think?

The American company called Narus — owned by Boeing — sold Egypt the surveillance technology that helped identify dissident voices. We are joined by Tim Karr of Free Press and CUNY Professor C.W. Anderson. Karr outlines how communications was shut down in Egypt and discusses the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, a proposed Senate bill that could lay the foundation for blocking communications in the United States in the case of a "national threat." Anderson traces the activist roots of Twitter to U.S. protests at the 2004 Republican and Democratic conventions.

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/2/1/digital_darkness_us_uk_companies_help

 
Justmom223

Asked by Justmom223 at 8:39 PM on Feb. 5, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Actually, google pulled out of china...
    UpSheRises

    Answer by UpSheRises at 9:09 PM on Feb. 5, 2011

  • I think I would like to see opinions other than those coming from democracy now.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 8:43 PM on Feb. 5, 2011

  • It could be because Freepress is a shadow lobbyist for google. They call for transparency yet refuse to be transparent themselves on their donors. And support net neutrality.

    Hard to put much stock into him.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 9:21 PM on Feb. 5, 2011

  • Actually, google pulled out of china...

    ***
    Actually, YAHOO pulled out...Google stayed the course!

    From my link above:

    "Google has joined hook, line and sinker with the propaganda regime of Beijing," Smith said.
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 9:26 PM on Feb. 5, 2011

  • One more thing, Google is still in China.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 9:29 PM on Feb. 5, 2011

  • If you're going to blame every company that ever has its products used for nefarious purposes, you'll have an awful long list of everything from Oxycontin producers to oil companies. The kind of software they're using isn't exactly rocket science - any cs major could cobble together something sufficient to do the job. In other words - if they hadn't purchased a pre-designed product to do the job for them, they still would've had the ability. It just would've taken a few weeks while they waited for a team of government coders to throw it together.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 11:23 PM on Feb. 5, 2011

  • OP--You're getting all worked up over this, but I'd like to know where the uproar was when Google and Yahoo agreed to cooperate with the Chinese government in their crackdown on blocking and censoring dissidents?!


    Could it be because some of Google's big wigs are Democratic donors?!


    http://www.forbes.com/2007/10/23/china-google-censorship-technology-security_cx_ag_1023chinahouse.html

    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 9:04 PM on Feb. 5, 2011

  • These companies will do anything to make money. Lets hear the outrage left. Companies who want to make money, and overseas to boot.
    A travesty......
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 10:03 PM on Feb. 5, 2011

  • What about Obama wanting a kill switch to shut down our Internet? I don't hear you complaining about that.

    Natesmom507

    Answer by Natesmom507 at 11:34 PM on Feb. 5, 2011

  • What about Obama wanting a kill switch to shut down our Internet? I don't hear you complaining about that.

    Because it's OOOBBBBBAAAMMMMAAAAA. He is all knowing. If HE shut it down then of course it would be necessary.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 8:45 AM on Feb. 6, 2011

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