Tech giants to be rated on human rights

A group of prominent Canadian researchers has launched an initiative to examine how closely companies like Google, Microsoft and Yahoo follow their own principles regarding freedom of expression and privacy.

Citizen Lab, which runs out of the University of Toronto’s Munk Centre for International Studies, has gained prominence this year after it uncovered an alleged internet spy network based mostly in China in March and last month aided Iranians in accessing blocked content on the web.

Now the group will turn its attention to the private sector, examining how closely technology companies follow their own agreed-upon principles for conduct. 


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