The governments that have the best grip on the internet

According to the 2021 Freedom House Freedom on the Net Index, China was the country with the most controlled internet out of 70 countries assessedscoring only 10 index points out of a possible 100.

Considering the constant bombardment of cancellations and deplatforms, it’s worth noting that the report finds the internet in the US “free” with a score of 75 (ranked only 12th in the world though) along with Canada, the Estonia and Costa Rica ranking best for internet freedom.

As Statista’s Katharina Buchholz breaks down in the infographic below, some of the other least free countries on the internet are restrictive regimes like Iran, Myanmar and Cuba.

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Tier 5 Vietnam also draws inspiration from its close ally China, which asserts control of the Internet via the so-called Great Firewall, a collection of gateways that controls all internet traffic in and out of the country, allowing the Chinese government to filter it. Iran and North Korea also use this method. The idea has become popular among Southeast Asian countries, with Cambodia and Thailand recently considering the introduction of this draconian internet control measure.

Strict Internet controls are also common in the Middle East and North Africa, with the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain in the lead.

Russia arrived at a shared 11th place out of the 70 countries in the ranking. The report said blocking of content and platforms, disinformation campaigns, cyberattacks and persecution of users as well as a tightening of some cybercrime laws were happening in the country.

Finally, the report finds that government authorities have investigated, arrested or convicted people for their social media posts in at least 55 countries.

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In fact, a booming commercial market for surveillance has given governments more ability than ever to flout the rule of law and monitor private communications at their discretion.


(TLB) published this ZeroHedge article as compiled and written by Tyler Durden

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