Who are the Enemies of the Internet? Reporters Without Borders Names 12 Censorship Ridden Nations

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  • Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah
    Saudi Arabia makes the list for ongoing attacks on provincial uprising, according to the report. Reuters
  • Iran's IAEA Ambassador Soltanieh
    RWB blames Iran for helping Syria carry out increased online surveillance. Reuters
  • North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un
    North Korea has been smuggling illegal online communications equipment across the Chinese border, RWB asserts. It then uses this equipment to aid its online propaganda work. Reuters
  • China's Former Chariman Mao Portrait
    China has been pressuring private Internet companies to help it suppress online dissent. Reuters
  • Aung San Suu Ky, Pro-Democracy Leader in Myanmar
    Some journalists and bloggers have recently been freed in Burma, but the online monitoring and censorship continues, RWB says. Reuters
  • Cuban Cigar Factory
    Cuban bloggers argue online with supporters of the governmen, according to RWB. Reuters
  • Syrian Protestors
    A bloody crackdown on protests has led to more online attacks in Syria. Reuters
  • German Chancellor Merkel Arriving in Termez
    Uzbek authorities squashed online discussion of Arab popular revolts in order to stave off any domestic uprisings. Reuters
  • Vietnamese Farmer in Hanoi
    Vietnamese officials have recently launched a wave of arrests of online dissenters. Reuters
  • Turkmenistan President Berdimuhamedov
    Turkmenistan have just begun their online assault on dissenters, according to RWB. Other nations under surveillance by RWB are Australia, Egypt, Eritrea, France, Malaysia, Russia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. Reuters
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In celebration of World Day Against Cyber Censorship, activist group Reporters Without Borders named its new list of nations who have been deemed enemies of the Internet for their proclivity toward censoring the Web. Whether to quash popular uprisings, or stop online dissent during an election, more and more countries are turning to shutting down mobile phone networks or filtering content, according to the new report.

Reporters Without Borders' report features many reasons why a nation might be on the list. When countries tend toward removing content and pressuring technical service providers, they run the risk of making the list. Other reasons include, threatening net neutrality and online free speech, intrusive surveillance, using propaganda or even committing cyber attacks like DDoSing Web sites. Belarus, once under Soviet Union rule, and Bahrain both made the list after formerly being designated under surveillance by RWB. Venezuela and Libya, conversely, have been dropped from the list completely. The ten other countries to make the list have done so by continuing to restrict access to the Internet, tracking dissidents and pressuring companies to aid and abet government abuse. Start the slideshow to see the entire list.

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