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Nokia Siemens says Iran can monitor calls V.J. | , 4 p.m. June 30, 2009 2009-06-30

Recent events in Iran turned the world’s attention to the streets of Tehran. Election fraud at the 12 June presidentials sparked the uprising of the people who see in Mousavi a man that will bring change in Iran.

However, what started as a peaceful manifestation became a bloodbath as over 17 people have been killed already. The consequence of the revolution, dubbed by the Western media as the “Twitter revolution”, is uncertain.

In a relatively recent article, Michael Rubin, the Editor of the Middle East Quarterly said that during Iran’s history, it was technology that brought down one government or another. However, this might not be the case with mobile technology as Nokia recently released a statement saying that Iran can monitor calls with the company’s technology.

The Nokia Siemens Network said that the technology it sold to Iran in 2008 could be used to monitor calls, but denies claims it can be used for Web censorship.

A petition in circulating over the Internet calling for a boycott against Nokia Siemens, a joint venture of Finland’s Nokia and Germany’s Siemens AG. The petition claims that the technology helped Iran to monitor calls and read emails during the recent post-election protests.

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