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Freedom on the Net Report 2017 reflects a worrying increase in digital censorship

Another year has passed in the realm of digital freedom, leaving the global situation more and more precarious, especially in the context of various elections taking place throughout the world.

According to Freedom House, which surveyed 65 countries for its ‘Freedom on the Net 2017’ report (87% of the world’s Internet users), the state of the Internet freedom around the world has little cause for celebration, as this year continues to present a world where few societies give their citizens access to a free, uncensored Internet.

Thus, nearly half of the 65 countries assessed in Freedom on the Net 2017 experienced declines during the coverage period, while just 13 made progress, most of it minor. Less than one-quarter of users reside in countries where the internet is designated free, meaning there are no major obstacles to access, excessive restrictions on content, or serious violations of user rights in the form of unchecked surveillance or unjust repercussions for legitimate speech.

However, in one of the world’s leading democracies, the United States, the use of “fake news”, automated “bot” accounts, and other manipulation methods gained particular attention and caused a decline in the country’s overall Internet freedom. While the online environment in the US remained generally free, it was troubled by a proliferation of fabricated news articles, as well as aggressive harassment of many journalists, both during and after the presidential election campaign.

 

The usual suspects and some unexpected improvements

Of the 65 countries assessed, 32 have been on an overall decline since June 2016. The biggest declines took place in Ukraine, Egypt, and Turkey.

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Journalists, take up the torch of digital freedom in Rio! Get your free CyberGhost online protection

At CyberGhost, we believe in the innate right to exercise our freedom of speech and we aim to give every digital citizen a voice.

That is why our already acknowledged Digital Freedom program is going one step further, straight to Rio, the 2016 sports capital of the world. If you are a journalist or NGO representative reporting from the sports competitions taking place in Brazil, then join the CyberGhost Journalist Online Protection Program, RIO edition.

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We will award you with a free Premium CyberGhost subscription, so that when you are posting online, getting in touch with people on social media or WhatsApp, you can do so without worrying about cyberattacks or online mass surveillance.

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