Filter Tech Companies in Bed with the Bad Guys, one of the most popular blogs on the Internet, blocked in repressive regimes by American technology...

Filter Tech Companies in Bed with the Bad Guys

Internet censorship

Xeni Jardin, the co-editor of, (and -- full disclosure -- a buddy of mine), has an op-ed piece today in the New York Times about repressive regimes using American technology to block access to some websites, including hers. From her piece:

"SmartFilter has been used by government-controlled monopoly providers in Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates. It has also been used by state-controlled providers in Iran, even though American companies are banned from selling technology products there. (Secure Computing denies selling products or updates to Iran, which is probably using pirated versions.)"

Xeni says other filter companies are working with Yemen, Singapore, even Myanmar. Throws a wrench into the whole information-wants-to-be-free thing, no?