This Toronto Star article reports on the controversy over Guelph-based developer of content filtering software, Netsweeper Inc., presenting United Arab Emirates telecom Du with an award for its use of green technology in late June that the ONI blogged about here. Attendees at the function included a trade commissioner from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, as well as representatives from the National Research Council and the Ontario Centres of Excellence, a provincial agency funded by the Ministry of Research and Innovation.

Ron Deibert, director of the Citizen Lab, an Open Net partner at the University of Toronto, said the relationship between government and Netsweeper demonstrates “typical short-sighted encouragement of local technology” without “broader consideration of the implications.” He said Canada needs to establish a clear foreign policy on access to information and freedom of speech in cyberspace.

For the full article see here.