Freedom on the Net: A Global Assessment of Internet and Digital Media

Freedom on the Net: A Global Assessment of Internet and Digital Media

Freedom House’s newly released publication, “Freedom on the Net 2011: A Global Assessment of Internet and Digital Media”, shows how governments have tried diverse and deviously creative tactics to control and repress websites, blogs, and email messages that they consider threatening.

Some of these new Internet restrictions are a reaction against the growing use of sophisticated social networking software applications such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, which are now giving ordinary users—including social and political activists—networking tools previously available only to Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

According to Freedom on the Net 2011, repressive governments have reacted to the growing spread of Internet access and user-generated content by blocking and filtering Internet sites associated with political opponents, using legal intimidation to force ISPs to remove threatening content, and arresting users for posting comments or information that the government considers threatening. If necessary, the authorities have employed cyberattacks and misinformation to shape the information landscape in ways unfavorable to human freedoms. Whereas in the past the authorities would provide ISPs with regularly d blacklists of banned sites, now the use of more sophisticated filtering technology that searches for a rapidly d list of banned keywords is becoming more common.

You can download the overview and each "Counrty report" here:
http://www.freedomhouse.org/template.cfm?page=664

venerdì 6 maggio 2011
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