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2011: Freedom on the Net 2011 – Gerogia Review

On April 18, 2011, Freedom House released its latest Freedom on the Net report assessing the degree of internet freedom around the world. The new edition includes detailed country reports and a first-of-its-kind numerical index covering 37 countries in six geographical regions. In addition, an analytical overview essay and accompanying graphics will highlight key findings and emerging threats to global digital media freedom. To view the full report, click here.

2009 2011
INTERNET FREEDOM STATUS Partly Free Partly Free
Obstacles to Access 15 12
Limits on Content 15 10
Violations of User Rights 13 13
Total 43 35

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POPULATION: 4.6 million
INTERNET PENETRATION 2009: 30.5 percent
WEB 2.0 APPLICATIONS BLOCKED: No
SUBSTANTIAL POLITICAL CENSORSHIP: No
BLOGGERS/ONLINE USERS ARRESTED: Yes
PRESS FREEDOM STATUS: Partly Free

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2011: The Global Information Technology Report – Gerogia Review

World Economic Forum

Geneva

The Global Information Technology Report series celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The series has followed and tried to cast light on the evolution of information and communication technologies (ICT) over the last decade, as well as raising awareness about the importance of ICT diffusion and leveraging for increased development, growth, and better living conditions. The methodological framework of the Networked Readiness Index (NRI) has mapped out the enabling factors driving networked readiness, which is the capacity of countries to fully benefit from new technologies in their competitiveness strategies and their citizens’ daily lives. The Index has allowed private and public stakeholders to monitor progress for an ever-increasing number of economies all over the globe, as well as to identify competitive strengths and weaknesses in national networked readiness landscapes. In doing so, the NRI and the series have grown into a unique policy tool in the discussion and design of national strategies to increase networked readiness and overall competitiveness.

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2009: Freedom on the Net – Gerogia Review

Freedom HouseAs internet and mobile phone use explodes worldwide, governments are adopting new and multiple means for controlling these technologies that go far beyond technical filtering. Freedom on the Net provides a comprehensive look at these emerging tactics, raising concern over trends such as the “outsourcing of censorship” to private companies, the use of surveillance and the manipulation of online conversations by undercover agents. The study covers both repressive countries such as China and Iran and democratic ones such as India and the United Kingdom, finding some degree of internet censorship and control in all 15 nations studied. To view the full report, click here.

Status: Partly Free
Obstacles to Access: 13 (0–25)
Limits on Content: 15 (0–35)
Violations of User Rights: 12 (0–40)
Total Score: 40 (0–100)

Population: 4.3 million
Internet Users/Penetration 2006: 332 thousand / 8 percent
Internet Users/Penetration 2008: 357 thousand / 9 percent
Mobile Phone Users/Penetration 2006: 1.7 million
Mobile Phone Users/Penetration 2008: 2.6 million
Freedom of the Press (2008) Score/Status: 60 / Partly Free
Digital Opportunity Index (2006) Ranking: 88 out of 181
GNI Per Capita (PPP): $4800
Web 2.0 applications blocked: Yes
Political Content Systematically Filtered: No
Bloggers/Online Journalists Arrested: No

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