Waterloo-made tech used to block and disrupt web traffic after controversial elections that sparked widespread riots

WATERLOO REGION — Federal regulators must take action against Sandvine after the company’s tech helped the authoritarian president in Belarus cling to power following his controversial re-election last month, says a University of Toronto researcher.

Christopher Parsons, a senior researcher at The Citizen Lab, said it is not enough for the federal government to say they expect Canadian companies to reflect Canadian values when doing business overseas.

“You actually need to do something,” said Parsons, who has spent years researching the use of Sandvine technology that monitors and manages internet traffic.

Parsons made his comments as widespread protests continue in Belarus following Alexander Lukashenko’s fifth re-election as president Aug. 12 with more than 80 per cent of the vote. Amid allegations of torture and the deaths of more than a hundred demonstrators at the hands police, security forces are on high alert.

As the election results became public, and the

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