Freedom Internet-tionally

Freedom Internet-tionally

America was a nation built on the idea of freedom of speech, but as we all know–this is not the case for MANY other countries around the world. This does not just stop on the spoken word, or the traditionally written word, but it spreads through the internet realm as well.
If you look at the map (seen above) provided by Freedom House, you can see that although many countries have no data for their study, out of the remaining, only a handful are classified as “free” in terms of internet usage and interactions. The majority of the countries are displayed as “partially free”–meaning the government is pretty open, but with certain limitations. And of course, there are the expected countries that are shown as “not free.”
If you look further into Freedom House’s classification breakdown, you will see that they also broke down how much of these countries ‘went down’ in their freedom. For example, even the United States took a five point hit because of the recent scandals such as the NSA controversies.
Freedom House also showed the range of countries in terms of freedom using a 100 point scale, in which the closer the score is to zero, the freer that nation’s internet. The chart presented Iceland as the most open (with a score of 6) and Iran as the most controlled (with a score of 91).
I am certainly not surprised by many of these scores–a European country ranking at the top and a Middle Eastern nation ranking at the bottom can certainly be predicted, especially with all the news reports as of late.
But how do these numbers make you feel? Why are so many countries still left in the dark in terms of access to internet? Is there something that can be done to make progress with this issue?

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October 22, 2013 · 9:34 am

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