China: new evidence of monitoring by Cisco?

For several months, the firm is at the center of charges for the provision of tools to the Chinese authorities to monitor some communities including the religious movement Falun Gong. This time, Human Rights Watch brings new arguments showing the involvement of Cisco in this surveillance.

The advocacy group Human Rights is to bring new arguments against the firm Cisco. Human Rights Watch has in fact added to the prosecution case against Cisco for a PowerPoint presentation to the Chinese authorities. In this paper, the firm prides itself literally to « recognize up to 90% of photographs of Falun Gong » through e-mail traffic.

The New York Times reports that a database containing information on some Chinese citizens suspected to have been used by the firm. This base was connected to a computer monitoring system designed to filter and retrieve content that the Beijing government considers « sensitive ».

As a reminder, for several months, companies (including Cisco) are accused of helping the Chinese government in its crackdown against a religious group called Falun Gong. This movement is suspected by the central government in Beijing to host many opponents and cyber-dissidents. In turn, the firm has always denied responsibility, saying it offered no solutions to customize their equipment and did so just sell equipment.

Human Rights therefore provides new arguments in a trial opened in May, the U.S. law to prosecute a company suspected of having contributed to the violation of human rights abroad. It’s now the turn of justice to verify the authenticity of documents provided by the NGOs.


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