Egypt-Like Blackouts Put Tech Companies on Hot Seat: Commentary
Company officials can’t simply cite the need to follow local law to justify cooperation with government acts that harm user rights. Information and communications technology companies in particular should develop strategies that both acknowledge and address the human rights risks associated with their business.
The Internet blackout ordered by the government of Egypt this month showed again where technology, human rights and corporate responsibility collide. Users, directors, investors and lawmakers are asking what telecommunications providers in Egypt could have done when the government of Hosni Mubarak ordered Internet and mobile services to shut down in its early efforts to cripple the swelling demonstrations.