America still among the most free when it comes to internet
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/18/2013 -- Since the 1700s the American has championed itself as the beacon of freedom and independence. While one would be hard-pressed to contest that in the traditional sense, the battle over online censorship is the new frontier of gauging national freedom. Does America still hold strong in the category of liberty when it comes to censorship of material online? According to one infographic, the answer of America's involvement in online liberty is that the country holds its ground when it comes to such matters.
The infographic released by Proxy USA categorizes magnitude of censorship into five groups. There is first Pervasive censorship, which can be found in countries like China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, and Yemen. Next is the Substantial category, which imposes filters are particular results and blocks low and moderate levels. Such examples of this are South Korea, Sudan, and Indonesia. Selective censorship includes the censorship of a minority and specific grouping of websites. Italy, Armenia, Jordan, Thailand, and Turkey are among the countries who employ this method of censorship. Suspected censorship is practiced in North Korea, but with what is likely very few having access to the internet to begin with, it is hard to tell for sure. Finally, there are countries that do not employ censorship. Such countries include France, Germany, Malaysia, Israel, Ukraine, and yes, the United States.
The availability of OpenNet Initiative monitors particular groups of sites is an indicator of censorship. The infographic notes that social sites that deals taboo subjects, such as sexuality, illegal drugs, and so forth are one such category that is blocked by particular nations. The infographic notes that North Korea, Yemen, Oman, Saudi Arabia, are some nations that block such sites. When it comes to political websites being blocked, North Korean, Syria, China, Libya, Iran, and Turkmenistan are among the worst. Countries that utilize internet tools to monitor emails include Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
The United States of America seems to stand clear of all of these possible blocks on one's ability to exercise freedom on the internet. Thus, the infographic helps point to the U.S. once again standing for the liberties and freedom of the individuals, both online and in more conventional senses.
ProxyUSA.com provides information and quality listings of useful proxy servers. The site offers people in a country with censorship the ability to view the censored websites. To see their infographic- one can look here - http://www.proxyusa.com/using-us-servers
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