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

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on March 12 2012 12:15 PM
  • Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah
    Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Reuters
  • Iran's IAEA Ambassador Soltanieh
    Iran's IAEA Ambassador Soltanieh Reuters
  • North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un
    North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un Reuters
  • China's Former Chariman Mao Portrait
    China's Former Chariman Mao Portrait Reuters
  • Aung San Suu Ky, Pro-Democracy Leader in Myanmar
    Aung San Suu Ky, Pro-Democracy Leader in Myanmar Reuters
  • Cuban Cigar Factory
    Cuban Cigar Factory Reuters
  • Syrian Protestors
    Syrian Protestors Reuters
  • German Chancellor Merkel Arriving in Termez
    German Chancellor Merkel Arriving in Termez Reuters
  • Vietnamese Farmer in Hanoi
    Vietnamese Farmer in Hanoi Reuters
  • Turkmenistan President Berdimuhamedov
    Turkmenistan President Berdimuhamedov 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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