Increased Government Repression Online

October 30th, 2012   Uncategorized

Nearly one third of the world’s population has used the internet. Meanwhile, restrictions on internet freedom continue to grow as governments try to control the flow of information. In its recently published Freedom on the Net 2012, Freedom House points out a number of key trends, including an increased number of arrests for political speech on the web, physical attacks and increased surveillance. A new strategy for governments is also to pay commentators in order to take control of discussions online.

Azerbaijan, one of the countries in which the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation is active, is this year’s host of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). The Azeri regime, well-known for its repression of democracy activists online, has also during the year increased its surveillance of mobile phones, Freedom House reports.

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