Attempts to control the internet, and use it as a surveillance tool, are far from restricted to countries like China, where it is said that online “freedom is a targeted and precise window[1]”. The enemies of internet freedom are closer to home than you may think and the threats they pose more real than ever.

Reporters Without Borders has ranked the governments across the world according to their use of the internet to spy on citizens and their attempts to restrict the information available. Find out below just who poses the greatest threat to our right to privacy and our right to access information.

– Who is watching your every move online?

– Where does your privacy become state property?

– Where in the world is the World Wide Web only available as a world-view mirror?

The inventor of Frankenstein came to gaze with horror at the creature he had unleashed upon the world. Tim Berners Lee may not yet have reached this point, but his vision of the internet as a democratic force for freedom is being seriously compromised by the actions of governments around the world.

“The amount of control you have over somebody if you can monitor internet activity is amazing.”
Tim Berners-Lee[2]

Has the dream of freedom become a nightmare of surveillance? Prepare to be shocked, horrified and amazed by the threats to internet freedom that exist all over the world.

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Original Source: http://www.whoishostingthis.com/blog/2014/10/27/internet-enemies/

[1] Michael Anti, quoted in http://thenextweb.com/asia/2012/10/14/the-great-firewall-chinas-digital-margins/

[2] http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2012/apr/17/tim-berners-lee-monitoring-internet

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