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THE PRO­POR­TION OF THE WORLD’S IN­TER­NET USERS THAT LIVE WITH ON­LINE CEN­SOR­SHIP

TechLife Australia - - HOTSPOT -

Ac­cord­ing to a report from pro-democ­racy ad­vo­cacy group Free­dom House, two-thirds of peo­ple who use the in­ter­net do so with some form of cen­sor­ship from their coun­try’s gov­ern­ment. 2016 marked the sixth con­sec­u­tive year that these fig­ures rose, in­di­cat­ing that gov­ern­ments around the world are curb­ing the on­line free­dom of their cit­i­zens — par­tic­u­larly that of se­cure mes­sag­ing apps, such as What­sapp. Un­sur­pris­ingly, China is at the top of the list in terms of cen­sor­ship (for the sec­ond year run­ning), fol­lowed by Syria and Iran. We should note, though, that the report cov­ered only 65 coun­tries and did not in­clude North Korea.

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