Surveillance and Censorship Technology – Who Has It?

Earlier this year Citizen Lab, a human rights monitoring group based in Toronto, found that American-made surveillance and censorship technologies were being used by several governments with a track record of human rights violations. The group scanned for the signature of technology made by Blue Coat Systems and found the following results:

Countries utilizing Blue Coat ProxySG (which can be used for digital censorship): Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates

Countries utilizing PacketShaper (which can be used for surveillance and tracking): Afghanistan, Bahrain, China, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, and Venezuela

One of the major concerns is the lack of transparency from internet service providers about how these deployments are being used. Citizen Lab continues to publish monthly CyberWatch reports, some with a geographic focus, tracking events in cyber security and human rights.

Read the original report here.

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