TeliaSonera has received a bit of stick in the press for doing business with countries that may use telecom network technology against its citizens.
But even if you know that a country may use technology for bad, should firms stop doing business with them? Lars Nyberg, CEO of TeliaSonera, quoted in Swedish media the example of how mobile technology has powered the Arab Spring.
Isolation has not really done anything good for North Korea or Cuba. The gents at the top can get around the restrictions imposed by the international community, whilst the people gain nothing at all.
From what I have seen so far, I am stronger than ever in my belief that isolation and sanctions play in the hands of dictators. Education and free trade will open up this world.
The UAE is a great example of how the government encourages an open dialogue with the rest of the world, whilst making gains thanks to international trade.