Internet freedom report says rights worsening in USA, worldwide

According to the researchers internet freedom declined in 26 countries from June 2017 to May 2018. — AFP pic

India leads the world in the number of internet shutdowns, with over 100 reported incidents in 2018 alone according to a report titled "Freedom on the Net" by a U.S. think tank.

CHINA'S far-reaching foreign policy includes not only investment and political affiliation, but something more insidious and underhand, according to a new report from Freedom House.

India leads the world with the maximum number of Internet shutdowns with as many as 121 instances this year itself, as reported by Freedom Law Centre's "internetshutdowntracker", a Delhi-based software company. And Chinese foreign investment and influence efforts are not new.

For now it's good to see South Africa listed as a free country when it comes to the internet, but more can always be done to improve our status.

The research director of Freedom House, Adrian Shahbaz, claimed that there is now a move towards digital authoritarianism by a host of countries, all-embracing the Chinese model. So, in the category of obstacles to access on the Internet Ukraine scored 9 points, the limitation of content - 16, violation of the rights of users - 20.

Cops watching for sex offenders on this Halloween night
This, in effect, prohibits them from handing out candy to children on Halloween. "This seems like a good idea to me". The National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws (NARSOL) does not believe this is constitutional.

This data widely shows how the Indian government is controlling internet services provided to citizens. He added: "Propaganda and disinformation are increasingly poisoning the digital sphere, and authoritarians and populists are using the fight against fake news as a pretext to jail prominent journalists and social media critics, often through laws that criminalise the spread of false information". In the past, the ITU has been a key body for China and other leading internet censors, particularly Russian Federation, to push for changes to global regulations to legalize or enable their controls.

But Freedom House said the threat to human rights has grown in severity as powerful technology becomes more accessible to governments and their people.

This according to a new report from Freedom House, a pro-democracy organisation, that highlights the level of internet freedom across the globe.

Authorities have also cracked down on the use of VPNs to circumvent the Great Firewall, leading Apple to delete hundreds of the services from its local app store, the report said.

Chinese officials have held training and seminars on new media or information management with representatives from 36 out of the 65 countries covered in this survey. "More governments are turning to China for guidance and support at a time when the United States' global leadership is on the decline, and the acquiescence of foreign companies to Beijing's demands only emboldens the regime in its effort to rewrite worldwide rules in its favor".

Related News:



Most liked

Google staff protest over sexual harassment
With that as a catalyst, Google workers want the company to know that they deserve a safe and equitable workplace. Rubin has said the Times story " contains numerous inaccuracies " and that the allegations are false.

The Kepler Space Telescope Is Dead
Over the life of the mission, more than 100,000 of those stars were actively monitored by Kepler . That is, a small dip in the light from a star as the planet passed in front of it.

Private messages from 81000 hacked Facebook accounts for sale
This hack apparently has nothing to do with the most recent hack of Facebook data that was widely publicised in September . According to The Information , Facebook is in talks to buy a major cybersecurity company to help protect users.

Indonesian maid who killed her rapist executed in Saudi Arabia
They discussed migrant workers' rights as well as the importance of having consular notification when carrying out exe‌cuti‌o‌n‌s. Like Saudi Arabia, Indonesia still lacks a domestic workers' law, hence maids remain the most vulnerable in the workforce.

Indonesian crews recover black box from crashed jet
It has been expanding aggressively in Southeast Asia, a fast- growing region of more than 600 million people. Investigators are also looking for the plane's black box recorder, which will provide key flight data.

Brazilian left reels as country lurches right
Bolsonaro's growing popularity as a sign that Brazil is shifting to the right. Trump called Bolsonaro to congratulate him on his victory.

SRK greets his fans outside Mannat
Mumbai: Bollywood superstarShah Rukh Khan's birthday is one of the most awaited events of the year for every Bollywood fan. Shah Rukh Khan starrer Zero hits the screen on December 21. "That was very dignified and loving of him".

Djokovic marks return to top with Paris win
Defending champion Jack Sock did not face a break point and needed less than one hour to beat lucky loser Malek Jaziri 6-0, 6-4. Federer is chasing a 100th career title, while Djokovic is looking to win the Paris Masters for a record-extending fifth time.

Nick Mullens gets verified on Twitter during breakout performance vs. Raiders
Raheem Mostert added a 52-yard touchdown run and the Niners outgained the Raiders 405 to 248 for the game. Instead, the undrafted quarterback threw for 262 passing yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

USA woman found alive 6 days after auto lands on tree
She walked towards railroad tracks in the area in hopes of being found, but she didn't make it to the tracks due to her condition. The woman told Hiegel about her ordeal, adding that she had stayed inside the vehicle for several days before climbing out.

NASA says goodbye to Kepler Space Telescope
NASA's Kepler spacecraft has completed its primary planet-hunting and follow-up K2 missions and will be decommissioned. Kepler's more powerful follow-on mission, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite , is already in operation.

Ariana Grande Did Not Like Pete Davidson’s Marriage Joke At All
When she turned him down, Davidson was quick to note that he was now 0-3 when it comes to his attempts at marriage. Grande took to social media to respond shortly after the promo was posted online.

Asia Bibi to leave Pakistan
Authorities also stepped up security near an undisclosed detention facility where Bibi is being held for her safety. The acquitted woman - Asia Bibi - was facing the death penalty for allegedly making derogatory remarks about Islam.

The ‘sickening’ Trump ad that links cop killer to caravan migrants
The Daily Beast reported that Bracamontes was deported to Mexico in 1997 under the Democratic administration of Bill Clinton. In an interview published on Friday, Mr Trump told the Washington Times: "I don't view it as the Willie Horton ad at all".

Horse race bet with William Hill
How to place a bet To place your wager/bet, all you need is to provide the appropriate information to the ticket writer. Simply you just have to pay £1horse bet and you can easily watch the live horse racing broadcast on your device.