In 2015, the reality of blocked or ‘censored’ websites continues to be a major phenomenon regardless of geographical location. Differences between individual countries remain huge, however, so CoinTelegraph took a look at five major world economies to compare their position on Internet censorship, both for Bitcoin and other areas.
We used information from the OpenNet Initiative (ONI), whose research is presented in terms of ‘evidence’ of censorship taking place in a given country, and elsewhere in compiling the list below. The evidence is divided into five categories of severity: pervasive, substantial, selective, suspected, and none.
Number of sites blocked as of September 2015: ~3000
ONI censorship rating:
Political sites – PERVASIVE
Social media – SUBSTANTIAL
Conflict/ security related – PERVASIVE
Internet tools – SUBSTANTIAL*
China is famous for having the strictest internet controls of any major world economy. Its list of blocked sites notably includes ubiquitous resources such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as a host of websites that much of the international community takes for granted.
The filtering is not static; sites are blocked and unblocked short-term due to specific world events, or long-term due to factors which are simply unknown.
Similar to the paradoxical blocking