June 23rd, 2009

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Nokia: Connecting People (Except in Iran)

From "Iran's Web Spying Enabled by Western Technology" in the Wall Street Journal:

"The Iranian regime has developed, with the assistance of European telecommunications companies, one of the world's most sophisticated mechanisms for controlling and censoring the Internet, allowing it to examine the content of individual online communications on a massive scale....

The monitoring capability was provided, at least in part, by a joint venture of Siemens AG, the German conglomerate, and Nokia Corp., the Finnish cellphone company, in the second half of 2008, Ben Roome, a spokesman for the joint venture, confirmed."

If you are considering buying a cell phone/smart phone, you might wish to consider whether you want your money to support a company that helps theocratic dictatorships control their citizens' access to information.
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