Software Used to Censor Internet in Bahrain
September 22, 2016 | Grantee Publications | Technology in the Public Interest, Human Rights, MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

A report by Citizen Lab alleges that Canadian-made software is being used by a repressive Mideast state to keep its citizens from learning about news, religion, and politics. The report alleges that Bahrain is using software from Canada-based Netsweeper, Inc., to deny its majority Shia citizens access to basic information about their religion and religious leaders. The report found that the software is being used by at least one Internet provider to censor critical political speech, news websites, human rights content, and websites of oppositional groups.  Citizen Lab is a recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. 

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