A Map of the Countries That Censor the Internet

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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. And if you love the Internet, you should probably avoid every other color because they all have different degrees of censorship, with pink being the most pervasive (gray is not classified).

The OpenNet Initiative pegs the colors 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]

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Ankit Khandelwal

Green are the countries which you want to live in because they don't censor websites! What about monitoring, which take place in green countries like USA? Are you okay with that? Also, what about reasons for censorship in yellow / light yellow countries who censor some websites, like communal tensions? We saw what happened with that sick movie called Innocence of Islam, for which many innocents died. In those cases, shouldn't censorship be an option? Very wrong way to describe where people should live and where not.