We know that open access to Internet content is not available to all residents in every country around the world. But where is censorship the worst?

In a controversial research study of this topic, Jeremy Bender reports the following for Business Insider. DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE? WHY?

“Internet censorship and limitations on online speech are an unfortunate fact of life around the world. In 2014, Reporters without Borders designated 19 countries as “enemies of the internet,” including the United States and Great Britain. According to the organization, these countries all engaged in forms of online censorship, ranging from the UK carrying out a distributed denial of service attack against Anonymous to North Korea having building its own internal Internet and walling its citizens off from the global Web.”

“The infographic from George Washington University’s Master’s in Paralegal Studies Online program visualizes the various forms that Internet censorship can take around the globe.”



6 Replies to “A Study on Global Internet Censorship”

  1. Personally I believe that the internet should not be censored or monitored. I believe that people should still have the right to privacy and the right to learn about, gather information about whatever they want, and say what they want.

  2. In term of censorship, this is an issue one doesn’t quite understand until they travel abroad. My most recent visit was to Lahore, Pakistan, which country has a blocked internet (much like China). Attempting to access websites such as YouTube was impossible, and although younger people, namely my friends, were capable of using proxy programs to get around the government firewalls, the older generation was more steadfastly cutoff. I was doing some economic research there, writing journal entries, and simply going onto news sites was difficult, as proxy browsing is significantly slower than non-blocked browsing. Without the aid of the proxy, a person is cut off of most social media in Pakistan, including Facebook. Wikipedia is also on the list.


  3. I come from China, a country barred the Facebook, twitter , youtube and many foreign websites. I believe it is very unfair to Chinese people, I believe the internet should share around the world and that can help sharing the knowledge and creating more clever idea.

    laws restrict laws restrict have created many marketing opportunity in China main land, many Chinese company copy the foreign ideas can run it in the mainland, such as RENREN (facebook), Weribo (Twitter).

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