Internet Censorship Map Shows eOppression Around the World

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Internet Censorship Map Shows eOppression Around the World

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Despite the recent debate over net neutrality, the United States has it pretty good.

Net neutrality has been one of the hot-button domestic issues in the United States this year, and for good reason. An Internet potentially controlled by corporations with little government involvement is something that affects us all, for better or for worse.

But how does the rest of the world handle Internet censorship? The United States might be on the brink of net neutrality dying as a practice, but we're hardly on the "oppressed" end of the spectrum.

IVPN, a company that specializes in Internet connectivity encryption, just released an interactive map that shows how bad some Internet-connected countries really have it.

The map, seen here, includes data on blocked communications apps, blocked speech (religious, political, etc.), as well as physical incidents -- arresting or attacking bloggers or activists.

IVPN's data is not 100 percent complete -- Canada is oddly absent from the data collection, as is Northern Europe. North Korea is also missing, but that's because the nation has an extremely limited intranet network, and not a public Internet connection to the outside world.

Of the countries included, China is one of the worst offenders, as it checks boxes in eight of the nine monitored categories.

Most of the data used in the map comes from Freedom House's 2013 "Freedom on the Net" report.

Source: IVPN

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Figures, the internet is possibly one of the greatest inventions mankind has even made since it allows us to share ideas and information (granted it's more cat videos, porn, and pirated movies now) on a scale that would have been impossible to imagine even 40 years ago and what's most of the world's reaction?

"WE MUST CONTROL THIS! Free ideas bad! Lock Everything down!"

"i can see my house from here !"

why is Britain completely white given David Cameron actually hired the Chinese firm that runs "the great firewall" to assist with his new "Won't somebody please think of the children?!" internet "filters" ?

also why is the US white given the NSA...and why is the UK white again given GCHQ...

wait let me try that again...

also why is the US white given GCHQ...and why is the UK white again given the NSA...

;)

and why is Australia white ? i thought it was run but right wing nutters atm ?...surely they must be involved in the same type of stuff ?

i call politicised mapped tbth...meant to make "the west" look better than they probably are...the Chinese don't have anywhere near the "spying on your own citizens" capability of the NSA...and the NSA is supposedly spying on everyone all the time...

Sleekit:
"i can see my house from here !"

why is Britain completely white given David Cameron actually hired the Chinese firm that runs "the great firewall" to assist with his new "Won't somebody please think of the children?!" internet "filters" ?

also why is the US white given the NSA...and why is the UK white again given GCHQ...

wait let me try that again...

also why is the US white given GCHQ...and why is the UK white again given the NSA...

;)

Well they dont censor, they are just making a "backup" of the internet.

Sleekit:
"i can see my house from here !"

also why is the US white given the NSA...and why is the UK white again given GCHQ...

wait let me try that again...

also why is the US white given GCHQ...and why is the UK white again given the NSA...

;)

lol but censorship =\= spying and filtering thru it all.

Sleekit:
"i can see my house from here !"

why is Britain completely white given David Cameron actually hired the Chinese firm that runs "the great firewall" to assist with his new "Won't somebody please think of the children?!" internet "filters" ?

also why is the US white given the NSA...and why is the UK white again given GCHQ...

wait let me try that again...

also why is the US white given GCHQ...and why is the UK white again given the NSA...

;)

Oh silly, the GCHQ/NSA isn't actively censoring people.

They're just collecting data about your every move on Surface Web regardless of who you are because they must "COLLECT ALL TEH DATA!"

How much data they get from the Deep Web/Darknet is unknown at the moment.

Of course, that constant, blanket internet surveillance is perfectly a-okay. After all, they're just doing it to protect people from 'dem terrorists' and other ne'er-do-wells. They're not being creepy and Orwellian at all.

the UK government does censor.

"porn" (and many other sites) are now inaccessible by default.

you have to phone them up and basically tell the government you're the kind of person that wants to look at...deviant material :s

there is a non elected committee that decides if looking at certain things constitute a (sex)crime.

and the best part is no one really knows what they've decided.

and considering the things it is known to include like BDSM between consenting adults or anything that they think looks sore or cartoon sex...you could quite easily end up being on the sex offenders register for surfing the most popular porn sites on the net...

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/the-internet-and-pornography-prime-minister-calls-for-action

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28440067

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_censorship_in_the_United_Kingdom

Devin Connors:
Interactive Internet Censorship Map Shows eOppression Around the World

Internet Censorship 310x

Despite the recent debate over net neutrality, the United States has it pretty good.

Net neutrality has been one of the hot-button domestic issues in the United States this year, and for good reason. An Internet potentially controlled by corporations with little government involvement is something that affects us all, for better or for worse.

But how does the rest of the world handle Internet censorship? The United States might be on the brink of net neutrality dying as a practice, but we're hardly on the "oppressed" end of the spectrum.

Huh? Net Neutrality has nothing to do with censorship at all. Net neutrality is about all bits (data) being equal, that you shouldn't charge more to transport some bits (for any reason) than others through the network. If anything Net neutrality is more aligned with having paywalls not censorship.

So I don't understand why you feel the need to introduce it in a statement about worldwide censorship issues.

Really? eOppresion? Not even ePression? Come on.

Good to know I'm about to go spend several months in two countries that have a history of censoring dissenting content.

I guess I'll have to be good. xD

Dango:
Really? eOppresion? Not even ePression? Come on.

I think you win the internet today for that pun. XD

OT: I'm glad to know America still has a good amount of freedom when it comes to the web, but it is shocking to see how desperate some countries are for control that they have to censor cat videos.

Venezuela is there, what a complete anti-surprise, sometimes i really hate my country

The internet is not perfect here in Brazil, but giving us the same "color" as Russia and some other countries?

Considering we just adopted the Net Neutrality in our Marco Civil Law and that any cersonship that may exist here is not near as similar as the one in Russia.. I don't agree with that map at all.

Valok:
The internet is not perfect here in Brazil, but giving us the same "color" as Russia and some other countries?

Considering we just adopted the Net Neutrality in our Marco Civil Law and that any cersonship that may exist here is not near as similar as the one in Russia.. I don't agree with that map at all.

Net Neutrality has nothing to do with censorship, I don't know why the article tries to link them as it's wrong. Net Neutrality is about laws banning ISPs from charging to access certain sites without a speed cap, you can access them but the speed is slowed down unless you pay up.

Censorship is about blocking sites completely to stop the public from viewing it and (presumably) the information/data on said site.

OT: As I always said, Australian internet isn't so bad after all, although we dodged a bullet a few years ago fortunately the public told our government to stick their censorship filter where the sun don't shine.

Sleekit:
the UK government does censor.

"porn" (and many other sites) are now inaccessible by default.

you have to phone them up and basically tell the government you're the kind of person that wants to look at...deviant material :s

Not quite.

My dad switched internet providers recently. Upon first connecting to the new router, I was confronted with a webpage. This page asked me if I wanted to keep the filtering or not. I chose not to.

You don't have to ring anyone up, you just select the no filter option. It's not a difficult thing to do.

Also, don't take this as fact, but I think I read an article a bit ago that had a poll asking about the new internet filters. Less than 10% people asked had elected to keep the filters on.

Even if the government is recording who kept the filters on, they aren't gathering a database of perverts, they're gathering a database of paranoid parents.

Sleekit:
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and why is Australia white ? i thought it was run but right wing nutters atm ?...surely they must be involved in the same type of stuff ?

snip

It is run by right wing nutters currently but it was the other lot who introduced the idea. We have two main parties and their current states are a) born to rule dictatorial extreme tightwads and b) poll driven popularity slaves, and someone explained how much it a) cost to implement and b) how unpopular it would be with voters. So they talk about it a lot, send the ideas before committees, and then forget about it.

RicoADF:

Valok:
The internet is not perfect here in Brazil, but giving us the same "color" as Russia and some other countries?

Considering we just adopted the Net Neutrality in our Marco Civil Law and that any cersonship that may exist here is not near as similar as the one in Russia.. I don't agree with that map at all.

Net Neutrality has nothing to do with censorship, I don't know why the article tries to link them as it's wrong. Net Neutrality is about laws banning ISPs from charging to access certain sites without a speed cap, you can access them but the speed is slowed down unless you pay up.

Censorship is about blocking sites completely to stop the public from viewing it and (presumably) the information/data on said site.

OT: As I always said, Australian internet isn't so bad after all, although we dodged a bullet a few years ago fortunately the public told our government to stick their censorship filter where the sun don't shine.

Oh yes I am aware of the difference between the two, and I also don't understand why the article tries to create a link between them. What I was just trying to say is that our "internet situation" is nowhere near as bad as Russia and also some other countries - not even close, therefor we shouldn't have the same "color" as those countries.

At least when it comes to that, the map imo is boderline wrong.

Tony Abbot really wants to have Australia all nice and red on that map, if only he had some nuclear weapons.

well my country is absent, as usual. but i wouldnt say we really got censorship of the type they are looking for here, Estonia probably very close to our results.

Devin Connors:
North Korea is also missing, but that's because the nation has an extremely limited intranet network, and not a public Internet connection to the outside world.

actually North Korea has a few websites acessible from outside. they load like snails and have funny statistics like "Average men hair length in 2004", but it also had some useful info for my Cuba vs North Korea banking systems research paper. i have to warn you though, if page timeout try agian, it loads eventually, some browsers give up too fast.

Sleekit:

and why is Australia white ? i thought it was run but right wing nutters atm ?...surely they must be involved in the same type of stuff ?
...

they spoke about it but nothing has been enforced and hopefully wont be for a while....our internet is too bad to worry about cencorship

Dango:
Really? eOppresion? Not even ePression? Come on.

ePression sounds more like internet depression.

BinaryFinary:
Huh? Net Neutrality has nothing to do with censorship at all. Net neutrality is about all bits (data) being equal, that you shouldn't charge more to transport some bits (for any reason) than others through the network. If anything Net neutrality is more aligned with having paywalls not censorship.

So I don't understand why you feel the need to introduce it in a statement about worldwide censorship issues.

It can, potentially, be used for censorship. What better way to silence a site, than making it's traffic super expensive?

Sleekit:
the UK government does censor.

"porn" (and many other sites) are now inaccessible by default.

you have to phone them up and basically tell the government you're the kind of person that wants to look at...deviant material :s

there is a non elected committee that decides if looking at certain things constitute a (sex)crime.

and the best part is no one really knows what they've decided.

and considering the things it is known to include like BDSM between consenting adults or anything that they think looks sore or cartoon sex...you could quite easily end up being on the sex offenders register for surfing the most popular porn sites on the net...

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/the-internet-and-pornography-prime-minister-calls-for-action

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28440067

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_censorship_in_the_United_Kingdom

I'm not entirely sure what happened to that "inaccessible by default" thing, because when I recently got a new broadband contract, there was a question on the webform asking if I wanted to have the "Family Filter" enabled (which I didn't). No awkward phone conversation required.

This map is nonsense. Last I checked thousands of YouTube-Videos were still blocked in Germany based on GEMA-Claims.

Yet the map shows germany as free. Also, lots of google search results are blocked in Germany, mostly centering around child-porn.

You can argue for that stuff, but filtering out content the political leadership deems despicable is the very definition of censorship.

No Canadian information huh? I wonder why that is exactly?

Redlin5:
No Canadian information huh? I wonder why that is exactly?

we canadians have a higher form of freedom that renders the internet a redundant form of communication. that goes for sweden and norway too i guess. Must be the hearty cold climate.

but in all reality we probably do have more neutrality in canada, as CSIS doesn't care about anthing, and the RCMP seem to be onl interested in drugs and traffic. this study seems only to make the US look good against Russia, China, and all the other countries we are supposed to not like.

Where's the color for not being allowed to criticize feminists on the internet?

That makes 2 nice things about living in Argentina vs. 28,324. Everything's coming up, Milhouse!

Xiado:
Where's the color for not being allowed to criticize feminists on the internet?

Wha? I'm a little confused as to what you're trying to say and what this has to do with anything.

That interactive map is dodgy at best. A number of developed and democratic countries have no information at all and they're telling me that Ukraine, which last year was still under a corrupt, oppressive, government, was in the "white".

At the same time, the USA, where the police may literally show up at your door, armed, if you illegally download movies or music, and where you can be sentenced for prison for this kind of behavior, has no "New Law/Directive Increasing Surveillance or Restricting Anonymity Passed".

Right.

Argentina in white... well it is about right, but basically because the government does not have the means to impose any filter at all, they are spending too much in welfare, and stupid support plans designed to buy votes for the ruling party.

Well, Switzerland isn't on that map, but since our Government issued a statement a few years ago which basically said "We do not give a rat's ass about piracy. It's too much effort. Now go have fun." I'm gonna assume it's in the white.

Also, does anyone know what precisely internet penetration means? Is it the number of households with internet access? Because it's kinda hard to believe it would only be 85% in Germany...I mean, 15% of all households with no internet would be a lot. And only 58% in Italy, Jesus Christ, that's rather hard to believe.

Redlin5:
No Canadian information huh? I wonder why that is exactly?

My theory: every province has its own rules and regulations (specially Quebec). Blocking access to a website because it's not in french? Seriously, Quebec! WTF is your problem!?

*reads article*

Hey, maybe now people who frequent this site will actually learn what "censorship" really means.

*reads comments*

Nope, of course not. Silly me, and thinking that people will read things, or listen after they've been told that censorship and people exercising their own freedom of expression to your's are different things for the fiftieth time.

Anyways, can't say I'm hugely surprised by a lot of the results with exception to a few countries in Europe.

What the hell? What does "net neutrality" have to do with this?

The article's conflation of net neutrality and censorship is just bizarre. And the spin of "we still have it pretty good in the US" seems like an unnecessarily political attack on the principles of net neutrality.

How about just leaving that bit out and focusing on what the map is actually about?

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