Archive - March 16, 2017

Torrents and political media, the world’s most censored digital content

It’s no secret that censorship thrives around the world. An updated map of global Internet censorship in 2017 has recently been published by a hosting website and by simply giving the statistics a look, one can see that torrents are by far the most frowned upon online. This kind of censorship is probably the only one to occur in those generally regarded as democratic countries.

It’s easy to understand why torrents are the ones to suffer various forms of censorship around the world. Copyright-protected materials such as movies, music or software licenses are probably the main source of income for everyone involved in their creative & development process and piracy would only come in the way of profit.

Other reasons for this type of censorship include a so-called state-enforced morality, which implies that citizens are not capable of deciding what’s good and what’s bad for them. This kind of justification not only refers to the censorship of torrents, but also to social and political media.

Worldwide, the list of Internet censorship looks as follows:

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