Two US companies' products aiding Mubarek's control of Egyptians--
Tear gas and deep packet info spying.
A less visible but possibly more important American-Egyptian partnership is that between the tech company Narus and the Mubarak autocracy. A subsidiary of Boeing, Narus sells hyper-complex, slightly creepy mass surveillance equipment. Its most famous creation is Narus Insight, "a supercomputer system which is allegedly used by the National Security Agency and other entities to perform mass surveillance and monitoring of public and corporate Internet communications in real time."
Narus provides Telecom Egypt, the state-controlled, dominant internet and telephone company, with deep packet inspection (DPI) technology. The specifics are complex, but DPI is essentially a filter that allows network administrators to track and scrutinize content being transmitted via the internet and cell phones. According to Narus' vice president of marketing, Steve Bannerman, whose company also works with Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, "Anything that comes through [an Internet protocol network], we can record. ... We can reconstruct all of their e-mails along with attachments, see what web pages they clicked on; we can reconstruct their [Voice Over Internet Protocol] calls."
Narus allowed Telecom Egypt to monitor the online movements of every plugged-in citizen of Egypt. And when Telecom Egypt (read: the Egyptian government) didn't like what it saw, it blacked out the nation's internet capabilities.
Via Moonboo, EuropeanLefting at Eschaton.