THE JOURNAL OF EXPORT CONTROLS AND SANCTIONS

March 2012

Network surveillance technology – worldwide export controls update

The use of network surveillance technology by repressive regimes to suppress pro-democracy movements has brought calls for a tightening of export controls of the technology. David Hardin reviews the..

Like many major political and military events before it, the Arab Spring has showcased the extent to which man exploits technology to achieve a political or national security objective. As highlighted by numerous press reports, modern-day communication tools like text messaging and social media have been critical in organizing the citizen uprisings defining that movement. Given their capability to instantly empower and mobilize the masses, those tools have proven effective in challenging existing regimes and, in some ways, have proven even more effective than traditional military weapons. That observation has not been lost on authoritarian regimes. To counter the use...

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