More than half a billion Internet users are being filtered worldwide

A new posting from the OpenNet Initiative on Internet access.

Currently, more that 40 countries are filtering the Internet to varying degrees, while a number of others, including Australia, Iraq, and Spain, are considering enacting filtering policies. So, just how many people are censored online around the world? We have estimated a number based on the number of Internet users that reside in countries which practice substantial filtering–in terms of the number of sites and/or type of content blocked. The number we have come up with is 563,018,414

If you want to see a real-time listing of how and where Internet sites are being blocked, go to HerdictWeb.

You can even participate in the ongoing efforts to identify who is blocking what.


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