"Strategic, Timely Censorship"

World's censorship becoming more and more like China's

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Tue, Dec 9th, 2014 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Vauhini Vara of The New Yorker, it's not just China that limits Internet freedom. Citing the 2014 Freedom on the Internet report by Freedom House, while China is unsurprisingly the worse offender, "the rest of the world is gradually becoming more like China and less like Iceland."

[...] The researchers found that Internet freedom declined in thirty-six of the sixty-five countries they studied, continuing a trajectory they have noticed since they began publishing the reports in 2010.

Earp, who wrote the China section, said that authoritarian regimes might even be explicitly looking at China as a model in policing Internet communication. (Last year, she co-authored a report on the topic for the Committee to Protect Journalists.) China isn’t alone in its influence, of course. The report’s authors even said that some countries are using the U.S. National Security Agency’s widespread surveillance, which came to light following disclosures by the whistle-blower Edward Snowden, “as an excuse to augment their own monitoring capabilities.” Often, the surveillance comes with little or no oversight, they said, and is directed at human-rights activists and political opponents.

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