Sandvine’s Technology Used for Web Censoring in More Than a Dozen Nations

(Bloomberg) — In Jordan,  Sandvine Inc.’s equipment was used to censor an LGBTQ website. Egypt’s government relied on Sandvine equipment to block access to independent news sites. In Azerbaijan, it was deployed for a social media blackout, current and former employees say.



a group of people holding a sign: Demonstrators hold signs and wave Belarus flags during a protest outside Francisco Partners headquarters in San Francisco, California, on Sept. 18.


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Demonstrators hold signs and wave Belarus flags during a protest outside Francisco Partners headquarters in San Francisco, California, on Sept. 18.

Last month, U.S. -based Sandvine, which is owned by the private equity firm Francisco Partners,  said it would stop selling its equipment in Belarus after Bloomberg News reported that it was used to censor the internet during a crucial election. In explaining its decision, the company said it abhors “the use of technology to suppress the free flow of information resulting in human rights violations.”

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But the company’s equipment — which is often used to manage the flow of network traffic —  has

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There May Be Two Dozen Superhabitable Planets Outside the Solar System, According to Scientists

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Looking for a safe place to travel on vacation with your family? Instead of an island getaway or road trip across the country, how about any of the 24 recently discovered superhabitable planets in outer space? Astronauts have discovered two dozen planets that are capable of sustaining human life, according to a report published in the journal Astrobiology. The study, which was led by Washington State University geobiologist Dirk Schulze-Makuch, found that these “super-habitable” worlds are older, larger, warmer, and moister than Earth.

“With the next space telescopes coming up, we will get more information, so it is important to select some targets,” said Schulze-Makuch in a statement. “We have to focus on certain planets that have the most promising conditions for complex life. However, we have to be careful to not get stuck looking for a second Earth, because there could be planets that

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The Daily 202: A dozen questions to gauge the political ramifications of Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis

This October surprise upends the presidential campaign with just over a month until Election Day. This will draw fresh attention to Trump’s public and private squabbles with a number of the medical experts in his administration over how seriously to take the virus. The diagnosis will also make it difficult for the president to deflect attention to other issues. But it is impossible at this moment to state anything with certitude. How exactly this development impacts the final 32 days of the race depends on the answers to these dozen questions:

1) How sick will the president get? 

An unnamed White House official told the Associated Press this morning that the president is experiencing “mild symptoms” but did not specify.

The president’s physician, Sean Conley, said in a statement that the Trumps “are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during

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Graphic body camera video shows police firing nearly a dozen shots, injuring 13-year-old boy with autism

Recently released body camera footage shows the moment Salt Lake City police officers fired nearly a dozen shots at a 13-year-old boy with autism, leaving him severely injured. 

Three investigations are now underway into the shooting of Linden Cameron, and his family is demanding answers after his mother’s 911 call for help resulted in her teen son’s shooting.

“I don’t feel good,” Linden could be heard saying on video as officers violently shout at him to “Get on the ground.”

At one point the 13-year-old says, “Tell my mom I love her.”

The officer’s bullets tore through Linden’s shoulder, both ankles, intestines and bladder. 

His mother, Golda Barton, told CBS News that “he was running away” from the police out of fear. 

“He’s a small child. Why didn’t you just tackle him? You are big police officers with a massive amount of resources, come on, give me a break,”

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