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Trade in surveillance technology raises worries

Publisher: 
The Washington Post
Publication date: 
01-Dec-2011
Author(s): 
Sari Horwitz, Shyamantha Asokan and Julie Tate
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People are morally outraged by the traditional arms trade, but they don’t realize that the sale of software and equipment that allows oppressive regimes to monitor the movements, communications and Internet activity of entire populations is just as dangerous,” said Eric King of Privacy International, a London-based group that seeks to limit government surveillance. Sophisticated technology “is facilitating detention, torture and execution,” he said, “and potentially smothering the flames of another Arab Spring.”