According to data from Freedom House’s 2017 Freedom on the Net report, which is based on an assessment of the status of internet freedom in 65 countries, internet censorship is on the rise, and there has been an overall decline in global internet freedom for seven consecutive years now. While we generally tend to imagine censorship to be more pronounced in third-world countries, a growing body of research is pointing to increasing censorship in developed regions like the European Union. Where it gets worse, however, is that systems that are supposedly used to bypass censorship are now posing more of a threat than the networks people are trying to use them to evade. Of particular note are free VPNs, Joseph Ola writes for The Privacy Advisor.
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