This summer’s NSA revelations took telecommunications regulation from boring to blockbuster. And that’s where notoriously un-hip Congressman Ed Markey may have finally tapped into the zeitgeist.
Which western companies are providing surveillance equipment to Assad?
"After all, leaked files in the form of marketing slideshows by Cisco Systems have already come to light showing the American communications giant touting the capacity of their software to target and eliminate dissent. Further doubt is cast by the overall lack of transparency in this highly guarded industry, where much of the sales happen behind closed doors or at the notoriously journalist-prohibited ISS World Trade Shows. Taken all together, this suggests that at worst these companies are knowingly selling their product to egregious human rights abusers, and at best practicing what Timm calls “willful blindness.”"
- Nick Robins-Early “Meet the Cynical Western Companies Helping the Syrian Regime”
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