Tag: Internet Freedom

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.

The internet is less free than last year. Thanks a bunch, Snowden

The internet is getting less free year by year with governments passing more laws to restrict online speech and increase monitoring of users. That’s according to New York-based Freedom House which on Friday published its fifth annual study of internet freedom around the globe.

According to the editors, governments have become more open about their efforts to control the internet by “rapidly adopting new laws that legitimize existing repression and effectively criminalize online dissent.”

Read more about the report from Freedom House which reveals that there is less Internet freedom after Edward Snowden leaks on The Register.