“A media watchdog group Reporters Without Borders has accused the United Arab Emirates of arresting people who used the popular BlackBerry device to organize a street protest against petrol price increases. The incident highlighted how governments around the world are increasingly using internet and mobile technology to undermine civil liberties.

Internet freedom activists say the Dubai episode is the latest incident in an alarming trend – that entire governments are censoring the internet.

“Increasingly, we see governments push businesses and ask them to take actions that actually assist in government surveillance and censorship,” Cynthia Wong said. “The way that companies decide to respond to these requests will have a huge impact on human rights.””

From The Voice of America