America’s high-tech industries are delivering some amazing innovations, but how long can they keep this up if networks are running 20th-century technology?
The Internet has been doing too good of a job promoting freedom, international cooperation, and the exchange of ideas. So much so that governments around the world are fighting back. That appears to be the bottom line of a recent survey by Freedom House. Its Freedom on the Net 2015, the fifth in its annual series on government policies and Internet freedom, found that Internet freedom is on the decline in most parts of the world. The survey scores governments on their practices for removing content from the Internet, arresting and intimidating people for what they put on the Internet, surveillance, and undermining encryption and anonymity. Countries are then classified as Free, Partly Free, or Not Free. Most of the 65 countries (representing 88% of the world’s Internet users) surveyed for the 2015 report experienced decreases in freedom since joining the survey.