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Freedom on the Net 2018: The Rise of Digital Authoritarianism

Freedom on the Net 2018: The Rise of Digital Authoritarianism

Out of the 65 countries assessed in Freedom on the Net, 26 experienced a deterioration in internet freedom.

Governments around the world are tightening control over citizens’ data and using claims of “fake news” to suppress dissent, eroding trust in the internet as well as the foundations of democracy, according to Freedom on the Net 2018.

“This year has proved that the internet can be used to disrupt democracies as surely as it can destabilize dictatorships,” said Adrian Shahbaz, Freedom House’s research director for technology and democracy. “Online propaganda and disinformation have increasingly poisoned the digital sphere, while the unbridled collection of personal data is breaking down traditional notions of privacy.”

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