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[liberationtech] Narus- american company helped Egyptian goevernment to spy on its citizens?

Jacob Appelbaum jacob at appelbaum.net
Thu Feb 10 14:39:24 PST 2011


On 02/10/2011 02:14 PM, ilf wrote:
> On 02-10 11:12, Jillian C. York wrote:
>> Let's not forget that SmartFilter was used in Tunisia for filtering as
>> well (and probably still will be; a new document from the interim
>> government suggests that filtering to some degree will be written into
>> law):
>> http://opennet.net/research/profiles/tunisia
> 
> Very interesting.
> 
>> SmartFilter (owned by McAfee, which is owned by Intel) is also used in
>> most of the Gulf countries.
> 
> Do you have further information on that, preferrably published?
> 

I have lots of evidence about this - I am in control of computers in
various countries - lots of them are filtered by SmartFilter.

I talked a bit about this in my SOURCE Boston talk last year:
http://www.sourceconference.com/publications/bos10pubs/SOURCE-Boston-2010.pdf
http://sourceboston2010.blip.tv/posts?view=archive

Saudi for example is filtered by what appears to be SmartFilter. The
same appears to be true for systems in Qatar on Qtel.

The list goes on and on. Different countries have different filtering
systems but nearly all of them are commercially products from the good
ol' US of A.

All the best,
Jacob



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