BBC News: How BAE Sold Cyber-surveillance Tools to Arab States


A year-long investigation by BBC Arabic and a Danish newspaper has uncovered evidence that the UK defence giant BAE Systems has made large-scale sales across the Middle East of sophisticated surveillance technology, including to many repressive governments.

These sales have also included decryption software which could be used against the UK and its allies.

While the sales are legal, human rights campaigners and cyber-security experts have expressed serious concerns these powerful tools could be used to spy on millions of people and thwart any signs of dissent.

Read the rest of the piece on BBC News.

Watch the short film.

I worked as a freelance researcher on this BBC Arabic project from December 2016 to April 2017, contributing interview transcripts, logging film, archive research, and on-shoot assistance. The full 60-minute documentary was aired on BBC Arabic and on BBC World News on 14/06/17 and 24/06/17.