Global Web Freedom Threatened by App Blocking
It’s no longer the wild frontier. A new report from Freedom House found that two-thirds of the world’s internet users live under government regimes that censor them. Surveillance in general has been rising, but lately the focus has turned to encrypted messaging apps and social media. Estonia and Iceland rank as the least censored nations, but in 34 of 65 surveyed countries web freedom has declined since last year. Most often in the crosshairs of governmental crackdowns are encrypted communication tools like WhatsApp, the world’s most-blocked messaging service.