Monday, November 14, 2016

Two-Thirds Of The World Wide Web Is Under Government Censorship

Verge: Two-thirds of the world's internet users live under government censorship: report

Web freedom declined across the globe for the sixth consecutive year, according to a new report

Two-thirds of the world's internet users live under regimes of government censorship, according to a report released today. The report from Freedom House, a pro-democracy think tank, finds that internet freedom across the globe declined for a sixth consecutive year in 2016, as governments cracked down on social media services and messaging apps.

The findings are based on an analysis of web freedom in 65 countries, covering 88 percent of the world's online population. Freedom House ranked China as the worst abuser of internet freedom for the second consecutive year, followed by Syria and Iran. (The report does not include North Korea.) Online freedom in the US increased slightly over the year due to the USA Freedom Act, which limits the bulk collection of metadata carried out by the National Security Agency (NSA) and other intelligence agencies.

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Update: Online freedom hit by pressure on social media, apps (AFP).

WNU Editor: And this trend is only going to continue.

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