Tag Archives: Western Companies

Communications Officer Irene Poetranto in The Jakarta Post

Citizen Lab Communications Officer Irene Poetranto authored an op-ed in The Jakarta Post on 14 December. In Time for greater transparency, Poetranto writes about the recent spying allegations by the Australian spy agency and the market for surveillance technologies.

Director Ron Deibert interviewed by Wall Street Journal

Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert spoke about how repressive governments around the world have been getting assistance from Western technology companies.

An attempt to take tools from tyrants

Source: Judy Dempsey, The New York Times

Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, has been in jail since pro-democracy demonstrations began in Bahrain two years ago.

Meet the German jazz pianist selling spy software to totalitarian regimes

Source: Bastian Brinkmann, Jasmin Klofta and Frederik Obermaier, World Crunch

Martin Münch says he knows who the bad guys are, and that he’s one of the good guys.

OECD complaint against Gamma International and Trovicor

Source: Chloe Shuffrey, Privacy International

On 1st February 2013 Privacy International, together with the ECCHR, the BCHR, Bahrain Watch and RSF, filed complaints with the OECD against Gamma International and Trovicor GmbH.

TeliaSonera’s Uzbekistan scandal is a warning to telecom CEOs everywhere

Source: Peter Micek

The chickens are coming home to roost. Lars Nyberg resigned yesterday as CEO of TeliaSonera, the Sweden-based global telecommunications company, in the wake of an investigation into a 3G licensing deal in Uzbekistan.

Trojans for the Bundestag – German PD acquired Finfisher

Source: Don Eijndhoven, InfoSec Island

In December of last year, the German public prosecutors’ office had declared that there was no legal basis for the use of the so-called “Bundestrojaner” spyware, which was used to spy on German citizens.

MJM as personified evil says spyware saves lives not kills them

Source: Vernon Silver, Bloomberg

In the secretive world of surveillance technology, he goes just by his initials: MJM.

European Parliament endorses stricter European export control of digital arms

Source: Marietje Schaake

By endorsing amendments proposed by Dutch Member of European Parliament Marietje Schaake (D66/ALDE) the European Parliament wants EU export control regulation to include additional binding export controls for technologies that are used by authoritarian regimes to monitor, track and trace citizens.

Spyware leaves trail to beaten activist through Microsoft flaw

Source: Vernon Silver, Bloomberg

On a Monday in July, Ahmed Mansoor sat in his study in Dubai and made the mistake of clicking on a Microsoft Word attachment that arrived in an e-mail, labeled “very important” in Arabic, from a sender he thought he recognized.