Today, Tuesday March 12, is the International Day Against Cyber Censorship. We are not talking about Hadopi-type censorship but about “real” . Censorship by states that prevent their citizens from accessing the Internet. The Reporters Without Borders association. Which has initiated this day of struggle since 2008, publishes its list of “enemies of the internet” for the occasion. Countries that censor the network If the number of Internet users in the world is estimated at 2 billion. More than a third of them would have limited and censored access, in particular because of “liberticidal” governments.
RSF lists these countries that prevent free access to the network: Bahrain : The Gulf monarchy has, according to RSF, one of the best internet coverage in the world, but that does not prevent the ruling family, which moreover runs the only ISP in the country, from restricting access to the network and imprisoning bloggers who attack the regime. Viet Nam : The country stands out with the sad figure of 31 net citizens imprisoned… As in Bahrain, the ISPs belong to the leaders, the Communist Party in this case.
Countries That Censor the Network
Iran: Not really a surprise, Iran stands out for its recurrent censorship of communications, including the Internet. Thanks to “a hyper-centralized web Cayman Islands WhatsApp Number architecture” the country manages to cut itself off from the rest of the world. It is in particular because of this state censorship that no image of the conflict filters through. China :
The middle empire has 564 million Internet users… But also 69 imprisoned netizens. Many party devices are tasked with monitoring the internet and its users. The set of tools put in place to filter the network is also known as the “Great Electronic Wall” of China. Some services as widespread as Facebook, Google or Twitter are totally inaccessible… ”
The Gulf Monarchy Has
They sell their technologies to various dictatorial countries that seek to censor the network. A questionable business, where a French company is also illustrated: Amesys. The Bull subsidiary sold its Eagle system to Gaddafi’s Libya to monitor human rights activists. Other companies singled out by RSF: Hacking Team, Trovicor, Gamma and Blue Coat. This day is an opportunity for everyone to question the freedom of the internet and networks…
And to take a closer look at what is happening in France. To learn more about concepts such as internet freedom or network neutrality, consider taking a look at the work of La Quadrature du Net , an organization still very active in the field. Finally, note that on the initiative of the National Digital Council, France could precisely include this concept of net neutrality in the law. Singing when we remember the reluctance of the same CNNum in the face of the latest attempts at “liberticide” laws by the various governments or European authorities.