Internet Freedom Saw Drastic Decrease In 2014

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From tightening regulations on American-based Internet companies in Russia … 

“Everything goes by servers in a U.S. Everything is monitored there. … You know that it all began primarily when a Internet initial seemed as a special CIA project, and this is how it’s developing,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said. 

… to a Twitter shutdown in Turkey …

“Recep Erdogan is carrying out a guarantee to close down leaks targeting supervision corruption,” Bloomberg reporter Alix Steel says.

… to a muffling of China’s Occupy Central transformation in Hong Kong …

“Facebook, Twitter and Google were all already cut off in China. After a protests began, a celebration censored photo-sharing site Instagram,” CNN reports. 

… 2014 was not a good year for furthering Internet freedom around a world. Some even go so distant as to contend it was “disastrous.” 

This investigate from Freedom House shows that given mid-2013, “41 countries upheld or due legislation to reprove legitimate forms of debate online, boost supervision powers to control content, or enhance supervision notice capabilities.” Also, of a 65 countries assessed by a organization, 53 percent showed a decrease in Internet freedom since mid-2013. 

2014 also brought some-more arrests and prosecutions than ever before for Internet users, particularly in a Middle East

A Freedom House researcher told Voice of America“The many thespian declines were Russia, Turkey and Ukraine. … The countries that unequivocally achieved a misfortune are Iran, Syria and China.” 

A large contributing cause to Russia’s continued disappearing measure were new regulations put in place by Putin that concede any page with supposed “anti-government propaganda” — including calls for unsanctioned protests — to be blocked. Another newly sealed law will need all online sites to store information in Russia. 

That’s all it took to get Google, Russia’s second-most-popular hunt engine, to yank all a engineers from a county. 

But a author for a National Post creates the point that all this didn’t only open adult overnight. “When Internet leisure is chipped divided during gradually, we tend to blink only how many we’re losing. Until one day we arise to adult [sic] comprehend that it hasn’t only been a bad year for Internet Freedom. It’s been a bad decade.”

Now as these effects turn some-more noticeable, backlash, dangerous protests and loopholes come into play. 

Take Turkey, for example. The New York Times records when Twitter was blocked, “legions of Turkish users taught one another technical tricks to hedge a ban, even spray-painting a instructions on a walls of buildings. ‘We all became hackers’ [one said.] ‘And we all got on Twitter.'”

But don’t consider a United States was totally giveaway from scrutiny. Although a U.S. and most of Europe arrange among a countries with a many freedom, the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs didn’t transport good in a Freedom House survey. 

As distant as what we can design in 2015, David Christopher with Canadian magazine Common Ground says it will be a “pivotal year,” stating, however, if a universe wantsa giveaway and open Internet that works for all of us, we’re going to have to quarrel for it.”

This video includes images from Getty Images.

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