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Internet freedom in decline as governments crack down on free speech, tech companies

Authorities in at least 48 countries pursued new rules for tech companies on content, data, or competition over the past year.

Global internet freedom declined for the 11th consecutive year with the highest deterioration documented in Myanmar, Belarus, and Uganda where the State cracked down on the internet amid constitutional and electoral crises, said a report by Freedom House. As for India, Freedom House termed the country 'partly free' and scored it 48 out of 100 — with 100 being the 'most free'. To put things in perspective, Iceland scored the highest with 96 and China was last with 10 out of 100. The report titled 'Freedom On the Net 2021: The Global Drive to Control Big Tech' gives insight as to how a growing number of governments across the world are asserting their authority over tech firms, often forcing businesses to comply with online censorship and surveillance. "These developments have contributed to an unprecedented assault on free expression online, causing global internet freedom to decline for a 11th consecutive year," Adrian Shahbad and Allie Funk of Freedom House said in the report. Key Findings [caption id="attachment_146299" align="aligncenter" width="376"] Source: Freedom House report[/caption] These are some of the report's key findings — US score declined for the 5th consecutive year: Freedom House attributed this to false claims that were circulated online which even affected the public acceptance of the 2020 US presidential election results. 48 countries took on tech companies: Authorities in at least 48 countries pursued new rules for tech companies on content, data, or competition over the past year, the report said." With a few positive exceptions, the push…

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