A Map Of The Countries That Censor The Internet

A Map of the Countries That Censor the Internet

Green shows the countries you want to live in, because they have little to no internet censorship. Yellow reveals countries that you might not want to stay in too long, because they might increase censorship in the future. If you love the internet, you should probably avoid every other colour because they all have different degrees of censorship, with pink being the most pervasive (grey is not classified).

The OpenNet Initiative pegs the colours as such:

  • Pervasive - A large portion of content in several categories is blocked. (Pink)
  • Substantial - A number of categories are subject to a medium level of filtering or many categories are subject to a low level of filtering. (Light Pink)
  • Selective - A small number of specific sites are blocked or filtering targets a small number of categories or issues. (Light Yellow)
  • Changing Situation - It is suspected, but not confirmed, that Web sites are being blocked. (Yellow)
  • Little or No Censorship - No evidence of blocked Web sites, although other forms of controls may exist. (Green)

The classification of censorship depends on political censorship like human rights and government opposition, social censorship (which is basically like porn), conflict/security censorship which deals with militant groups and various internet tool censorship like e-mail and search. To no one's surprise, countries like China and Iran are the worst offenders of internet censorship. [Wikipedia, Maps on the Web]


    I believe Australia cancelled the net censorship plan, while the UK are talking about introducing one. An updated picture might be needed?

      I think Australia adopted a list by interpol that targets the really bad child porn stuff.

      Since it's provided by an international organisation, it will either only block what's really needed, or suffer from many fingers in the pie. AFAIK it's the former, but I'm not super informed on all this.

        A list that many countries use -- so why aren't they yellow?

          Why should they be, when stuff like that is being blocked it doesn't and shouldn't be counted as censorship as it just simply shouldn't exist.

            .. Then why are we yellow? The internet filter is well and truly scrapped. The Interpol inference for why we are yellow doesn't stand up in that light.

              Because I believe a couple isp's block p2p sites on their own accord don't they? Some of them don't approve p2p downloads on their networks

    Yeah, in the green. Better stay that way.

    Even N.Z. is putting us to shame!

      They do this so often now, it shouldn't really surprise us.

      Really, by failing to censor child porn and other exploitative sites they are putting us to shame?

    I'm pretty sure the UK should be a cream colour. The actively censor sites like The Pirate Bay, and are introducing mandatory "porn" filters, unless you opt out.

    Agree with GTuck and Cameron.

    I was in the UK last week and David Cameron really has a bug up his arse about net censorship, whereas our own Steven Conroy doesn't even have a job anymore.

    The US. We won't censor you, but if you do something wrong, we'll know.

    Um, I'm not sure if the US will stay that way long. Plus they had that whole big debate about Net Neutrality.

    The U.S. deosn't block internet content, it simply removes it from the internet regardless of what country it is from e.g. megaupload

      megaupload was hosted in the US, so it was kinda in the US's jurisdiction. However, they weren't US citizens, so I really don't see why they were being taken back to the US for trial. If I was the NZ government I would have just told the US to fuck off.

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