More than half a billion Internet users are being filtered worldwide

The OpenNet Initiative (ONI) has been monitoring Internet filtering around the world since 2002. Currently, more than 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, or approximately 32% of all Internet users.

This number necessarily includes several subjective decisions. We have not included countries, such as the Nordic countries and the UK, that block a modest number of sites alleged to include child pornography. We have not included Germany, which blocks a small number of sites related to extremist groups, and Russia which has just started on a path to do the same. North Korea is omitted from the list. There is also an untold number of users from countries around the world who have no access to the Internet at all due to an unknown combination of poverty, geography and deliberate neglect by governments that would prefer to keep their citizens offline. Nevertheless, this is a huge and growing number.

Rather than give us a figure

Rather than give us a figure that is highly inaccurate, I think it would have been better to just give a list of all the countries that filter at the government level. That would have been more informative that ".. half a billion..."

How is it "highly

How is it "highly inaccurate?"

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Proportion of Internet users filtered?

As you state a number - perhaps a proportion is appropriate - half of Internet users? If one includes those countries using more-or-less mandatory filtering against hate speech etc. I suspect it may already be that majority that is filtered.

Thank you

Thanks everyone; I did forget to include the percentage (now added), which is approximately 32% of Internet users.

Finid, we did not include a list because there are countries we have not tested (which means that the number is potentially higher than the one we stated). You can read our country case studies if you're interested in finding out which countries practice Internet filtering.

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The US Censors Syrian Internet

Interesting perspective on the US driven censorship of technology and the internet in other countries..
http://joshualandis.com/blog/?p=5164#comment-233252

Interesting..

It's no suprsie to see the UK on that list, but i'm quite suprised to see spain on the list. I never would of thought they would be too concerned with censorship.

Thank

you as state a number - perhaps a proportion is appropriate - half of Internet users? If one includes those countries using more-or-less mandatory filtering against hate speech etc. I suspect it may already be that majority that is filtered.

Nice article, thanks for the

Nice article, thanks for the information.

Good post

Good article, nice information, in all I suspect that already the vast majority is filtered.

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Amazing

That is an amazingly high number of people. I am so happy that I get to choose what I read.

Are governments filtering in

Are governments filtering in an attempt to keep people "fat, dumb, happy"? Is their assumption that an uniformed public will be less likely to ask for or expect reform?

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Agreed

Yup that's true, even this site is filtering many users to prevent any harm to their service.

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