Cisco Sued for Role in Chinese Crackdowns

The Sydney Morning Herald reports a lawsuit filed in June in the US, in which technology giant Cisco is accused of complicity in China’s suppression of political dissent.

Daniel Ward, of US law firm Ward & Ward, has brought the case on behalf of Du Daobin, , and 10 unnamed others. He compared ’s actions to “IBM’s behaviour in Nazi Germany”.

Cisco has rejected the allegations as baseless but has failed to respond to serious questions stemming from an internal company presentation ….

In a leaked internal Cisco presentation from 2002, seen by Fairfax Media, the company reveals how its products can address China’s goals of “maintaining stability”, “stop the network-related crimes” and “combat ‘’ evil religion and other hostiles” ….

“They aren’t just selling routers to a corrupt regime. They are selling the technology, training and software specifically designed to monitor, censor and suppress the Chinese people,” said Mr Ward.

“And they are doing so knowing full well how the CCP treats dissenters.”

Read more on CDT about recent controversy over Cisco’s dealings with China: Cisco Camera Case Seen Through Political Lens and Cisco, HP Poised to Help China Keep an Eye on Its Citizens.

Source: Fighting China’s Golden Shield: Cisco sued over jailing and torture of dissidents – The Sydney Morning Herald

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