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Internet versus the government

When countries try to stop the public accessing the web

The web makes it far easier to access information than ever before. However, this causes a problem for governments if the information in question consists of state secrets, copyrighted material or is simply something authorities don't want its citizens to see. We've rounded up five battles over information that governments have waged against tech companies over the past decade.

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.

See also: History's 14 biggest technology death matches

  1. It's not just the UAE authority kicking up a stink
  2. China vs Google
  3. United Arab Emirates vs Research in Motion

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