The recent history of governments vs. the Internet

RIM-UAE dust up only the latest example of countries fighting access

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United Arab Emirates vs. Research in Motion

The UAE is putting pressure on RIM to modify its security policies and to build a proxy server that would allow the UAE to monitor communications sent within the country. RIM had originally agreed to build out a proxy server under the deal it signed with the Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, according to the Wall Street Journal. The UAE now says that unless RIM changes its tune, its devices will be shut down in the UAE by mid-October this year.

Winner: Neither side has blinked officially yet, but if the past is any guide RIM will make concessions to the government to remain within the country.

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Republished with permission from Network World (view original version)

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