The Internet’s Black Holes by Reporters without Borders

Where on earth can data roam free, and where is it filtered, controlled, and contained? Where are the black holes of information flow on the Internet?

According to Reporters without Borders, the Internet’s “Black Holes” are Belarus, Burma, China, Cuba, Iran, Libya, Maldives, Nepal, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. How do Reporters Without Borders determine whether or not a country is a “black hole”? By the amount of press censorship.

Big Think found the following press censorship rankings on the Reporters Without Borders web site.

As the list of the 15 internet-restricting countries (followed by their ranking on said list) indicates, internet censorship is a strong indicator of press censorship in general:

1. Maldives (144)
2. Tunisia (148)
3. Belarus (151)
4. Libya (152)
5. Syria (153)
6. Vietnam (155)
7. Uzbekistan (158)
8. Nepal (159)
9. Saudi Arabia (161)
10. Iran (162)
11. China (163)
12. Myanmar/Burma (164)
13. Cuba (165)
14. Turkmenistan (167)
15. North Korea (168 and very last on the list)

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