Report: China Exporting ‘Digital Authoritarianism’
According to an annual report from watchdog Freedom House, global internet freedom declined for the eighth consecutive year, partly due to China promoting its model of online censorship and surveillance. Of 65 countries examined, 17 proposed or passed laws restricting digital media — ostensibly to fight fake news — while 18 weakened encryption protection or boosted surveillance. Besides training other countries to implement its “techno-dystopian” model, Beijing is also reportedly supplying high-tech hardware to repressive regimes and building “technological backdoors” abroad. China’s foreign ministry dismissed the findings.