How China Helped Make the Internet Less Free in 2018

As democracies around the world struggle to hold back the rising tide of authoritarianism, a similar crisis is unfolding online. Three factors converged this year to make 2018 the eighth straight year that global internet freedom declined, according to an annual report from the nonprofit Freedom House: increasing censorship in response to disinformation, the widespread collection of personal data, and a growing group of countries emulating China’s model of digital authoritarianism.

Not only does China once again rank as the worst abuser of internet freedom, it is actively exporting its techno-dystopian model to other countries according to the report.

Read more about the findings of the Freedom House report on Wired.