Friday, June 21, 2024

PH among countries with most Internet freedom, study says

A new study has revealed that the Philippines is one of the countries with the most Internet freedoms in the world. 

The study, conducted by Internet solutions company Proxyrack, also said the United Kingdom enjoys the most Internet freedom, followed by Japan and Germany.

The company said it has analyzed Internet freedom, censorship, the number of people online per 100,000 people and social media restrictions to reveal the most and least internet-restricted countries.

The company said Internet freedom is fast becoming an increasingly important issue, as governments around the world seek to limit their citizen’s digital rights, restrict access to or censor information, or even prevent reliable internet access altogether.

Internet freedom is also on the decline globally, with some activists taking advantage of residential proxies and VPNs to speak out against corrupt regimes and create a fairer society, the company further said.

Beginning with a list of countries, the company said it analyzed each one on the following factors. It then gave each country a normalized score out of ten for each of the factors, before taking an average across each of these scores to reach our final overall score out of ten.

The total score for each country for factors such as the banning and restriction of torrents, pornography, political media, social media, VPNs, and messaging and VoIP apps.

The United Kingdom is the least Internet-restricted country in the world, with 99,231 people online (per 100,000), a censorship score of 2, an Internet freedom score of 79 and 0 social media restrictions.

China is the most Internet-restricted country in the world, with 71,534 people online (per 100,000), a censorship score of 11, an Internet freedom score of 10, and 2 social media restrictions. Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States have the least internet censorship in the world – all with a score of 2/11.


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