#CyberFLASH: Canada ranked among top countries for internet freedom

INLINE_20141205_Internet_Freedom_MAS_02Internet freedom around the world has declined for the fourth year in a row as more countries introduce aggressive online censorship measures, according to a new report.

Freedom on the Net 2014, the fifth-annual report released last week by independent watchdog organization Freedom House, found that of the 65 countries assessed, 36 experienced a negative trajectory in online freedom between May 2013 and May 2014.

This was due to factors such as blocked social networks, aggressive online surveillance and cyber attacks, and the intimidation and arrest of journalists and digital activists. The report analyzed three main factors in each country: obstacles to Internet access, limits on content, and violations of user rights.

Iran remained the country with the lowest degree of Internet freedom, despite hopes of reform when President Hassan Rouhani took office in August 2013.

Although the new administration has embraced social media, Iranian citizens still don’t have access to websites the government finds politically sensitive, such as Twitter and Facebook.

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