Canadian firm helping Bahrain censor

From Raphael Satter at Associated Press:

Researchers have identified a Canadian company at the centre of a small Arab nation’s online censorship system — a finding that sits awkwardly with Ottawa officials’ public support for digital freedoms.

Specialists from internet watchdog Citizen Lab said in a report published Wednesday that web filtering firm Netsweeper Inc. is helping block news and opposition websites in Bahrain, a Gulf Arab monarchy which has been wracked by unrest since pro-democracy protests were stifled there in 2011.

Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert said the discovery undermines Canadian leaders’ forceful condemnations of online censorship.

Citizen Lab said the banned Bahraini sites include ones run by opposition and human rights groups as well as sites critical of Islam. Gambling and pornography sites also were blocked. More.

Reality check: One shouldn’t insult serious readers by pointing out that Trudeaupian government has no genuine interest in free media and that the dying traditional media would be happy to step into the role of censors “for the public good.”

The problem is that the techniques can’t really be tested here; they need to be tested in some middle Eastern setting where censorship is already taken for granted. Once the techniques are refined, we will slowly start hearing more and more about how they are urgently needed in order to prevent Canada from becoming another Rwanda …

See also: Trump plays the legacy media again They keep tweeting “we been had” and swear words. Ummmm!
The good news is, these people my well be too stupid to make it work.

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