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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Canadian Company involved in espionage?... or just work?

Is a Canadian company working on helping the Iranian people to develop a free and fair Internet with access to all?
Is this company intelligence that used to be carried out by government and ow operated by business?
the definition of Psiphon from Wikipedia is:
"Psiphon is a web proxy designed to help Internet users securely bypass the content-filtering systems used to censor the internet by governments in places like China, North Korea, Iran, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Pakistan and others. Psiphon was originally developed by the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, building upon previous generations of web proxy software systems, such as the "SafeWeb" and "Anonymizer" systems.
In 2008 Psiphon was spun off as a Canadian corporation that continues to develop advanced censorship circumvention systems and technologies. Psiphon maintains a research and development lab at the Citizen LabMunk School of Global AffairsUniversity of Toronto."
"Canada's Psiphon Inc. on the Frontlines of Iranian Netwar," reads a June 19 press release by Ontario based Psiphon Inc.
"The company is employing dedicated 'psi-operators' - staff whose job it is to propagate Psiphon nodes and engage with the Iranian community both inside and outside Iran - working 24 hours a day, seven days a week."
"The psi-operators are using social networking platforms like Twitter and Facebook, as well as emails [sic] lists and forums, to propagate connection information to Psiphon's 'Right2know' nodes, which contain customized content sourced from BBC BBC Persian, Radio Farda, YouTube and other websites and services banned by Iranian authorities," continues the release (which I transcribed here).
According to the Globe and Mail, which picked up on Psiphon's news release:
...Psiphon's founders are walking a tightrope in their attempts to empower Iranians, as they try to simultaneously offer activists unfettered access to the Internet and dissuade those same activists from launching cyberattacks on the government institutions that took that access away in the first place.
CBC ran a story about Psiphon on June 16th, moving "Netwar" from the press release to the mainpage.
The term "Netwar" was coined by the RAND corporation and defined as: "lower intensity conflict at the societal end of the spectrum. In our view, netwar is likely to be the more prevalent and challenging form of conflict in the emerging information age and merits careful and sustained study."www.dominionpaper.ca
27 year old Tehrani, Neda Soltan shot and killed by Basiji sniper.  Protester shot and killed at Tehran election rally - June 20, 2009. Picture shot on a cell phone and shared around the world by social media.
The company can be found at http://psiphon.ca/
The mandate is "At Psiphon we are committed to an open and accessible Internet.    Psiphon is content delivery technology that makes it possible for:   Individuals to access   Internet content anywhere, and anytime.   Media producers, corporations, community groups to reach their audiences."

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