Why We Should Watch ICT Vendors - The Case of Blackberry Smartphone

9 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2010 Last revised: 4 Mar 2014

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Ubena John

Mzumbe University- Faculty of Law

Date Written: August 8, 2010


While economic or trade liberalization entails deregulation of telecommunication (ICT) sector, paradoxically, it does not entails leaving the mercy of state security and other interests in the hands of ICT vendors. The other interests include consumers’ protection, fair competition, interoperability, Intellectual Property Rights such as copyright and fair use, etc. Current trend in the so called right to innovation has created concern as state security has been increasingly been threatened by such innovations. The most live example is the present state of art of Blackberry smartphone technology. Without doubt Blackberry is full of many applications. But its state of encryption has upset several sovereign states. The fear developed by the sovereign states over the impossibility of knowing what is transmitted or communicated via Blackberry smartphone networks has pushed some states to ban Blackberry or planning to ban or rather suspend its sale in particular states. The states are decrying the denial over their right to censor information exchanged via Blackberry smartphone e-mail services.

In light of the foregoing the paper at hand is dedicated at exploring the security concerns which ICT development in the one hand and the vendors' right to innovate may give rise to security issues and conflict other interests. For the purpose of this article ICT vendors include but not limited to ICT developers/engineers or Multinational Companies. This paper therefore will explore among others how Blackberry smartphone e mail services work and how that poses a threat to not only national security by inceasing risk of crimes but also how ICT vendors' jeorpadize other public interests.

Keywords: Cyber Security, Innovation, Public Interests, Encryption, Sovereign States

JEL Classification: K4, L1, L5, O3

Suggested Citation

John, Ubena, Why We Should Watch ICT Vendors - The Case of Blackberry Smartphone (August 8, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1655149 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1655149

Ubena John (Contact Author)

Mzumbe University- Faculty of Law ( email )

Mzumbe, Morogoro

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