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Surveillance firms will aid dictators worldwide

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Surveillance technology.


A burgeoning private surveillance market is stepping up the pace of innovation and the sophistication of surveillance tools. While these technologies present opportunities to tackle security challenges related to cybercrime and terrorism, they can also help dictators maintain power and stifle political protest and dissent.


  • Surveillance tools will deter political activism and dissent by increasing the risks of participation.
  • The use of surveillance tools pushes back on early optimism regarding the internet’s effect on undemocratic regimes.
  • Pressure groups and NGOs will be crucial in shaping the future of surveillance tools, being the only ones that speak out against their use.

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