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How much freedom Indians have on the Internet? Find out...

October 21, 2013 10:39 IST

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Governments around the world have stepped up efforts to control, monitor and censor Internet, according to Freedom on the Net 2013 report by Freedom House, a non-governmental organisation.

Let's take a look at Internet freedom across the globe, including India.

Source: Freedom House

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Image: An employee works on her laptop at the Start-up Village in Kinfra High Tech Park in Kochi.
Photographs: Sivaram V/Reuters

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India

How free? Partly free

Obstacles to access: 15 out of 25 points

Limits on content: 12 out of 35 points

Violations of user rights: 20 out of 40 points

Total score: 47 out of 100 points

Overall rank in Internet freedom: 36 out of 61

"The most significant year-on-year decline was seen in India, which suffered from deliberate interruptions of mobile and Internet service to limit unrest, excessive blocks on content during rioting in northeastern states, and an uptick in the filing of criminal charges against ordinary users for posts on social-media sites," says the Freedom House report.

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Image: A waiter serves coffee to students surfing the Internet at a cafe in Bangalore.
Photographs: Reuters/Reuters

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Iceland

How free? Free

Obstacles to access: 1 out of 25 points

Limits on content: 1 out of 35 points

Violations of user rights: 4 out of 40 points

Total score: 6 out of 100 points

Overall rank in Internet freedom: 1 out of 61

Iceland tops the list when it comes to Internet freedom.

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Image: Children skate on the ice of the frozen Tjoernin lake in central Reykjavik, Iceland.
Photographs: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters
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Estonia

How free? Free

Obstacles to access: 1 out of 25 points

Limits on content: 3 out of 35 points

Violations of user rights: 5 out of 40 points

Total score: 9 out of 100 points

Overall rank in Internet freedom: 2 out of 61

Estonia has an excellent record when it comes to users having online freedom.

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Image: View of Estonia's capital Tallinn.
Photographs: Ints Kalnins/Reuters
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Germany

How free? Free

Obstacles to access: 4 out of 25 points

Limits on content: 4 out of 35 points

Violations of user rights: 9 out of 40 points

Total score: 17 out of 100 points

Overall rank in Internet freedom: 3 out of 61

Germany has a pretty good record when it comes to limits on content.

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Image: People enjoy a ride in a roller coaster at the traditional Bavarian beer festival Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.
Photographs: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
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The United States

How free? Free

Obstacles to access: 4 out of 25 points

Limits on content: 1 out of 35 points

Violations of user rights: 12 out of 40 points

Total score: 17 out of 100 points

Overall rank in Internet freedom: 4 out of 61

The United States enjoys unrestricted access to Internet.

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Image: A Spiderman balloon passes through Times Square during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City, United States.
Photographs: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

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Australia

How free? Free

Obstacles to access: 2 out of 25 points

Limits on content: 5 out of 35 points

Violations of user rights: 11 out of 40 points

Total score: 18 out of 100 points

Overall rank in Internet freedom: 5 out of 61

Australia is ranked fifth when it comes to Internet freedom.

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Image: Shoppers leave a store in Sydney's central business district, Australia.
Photographs: Daniel Munoz/Reuters
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France

How free? Free

Obstacles to access: 4 out of 25 points

Limits on content: 4 out of 35 points

Violations of user rights: 12 out of 40 points

Total score: 20 out of 100 points

Overall rank in Internet freedom: 6 out of 61

France has more obstacles to access than Australia.

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Image: An aerial view shows the Sacre Coeur Basilica and rooftops of residential buildings on Montmartre in Paris, France.
Photographs: Charles Platiau/Reuters

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Japan

How free? Free

Obstacles to access: 4 out of 25 points

Limits on content: 7 out of 35 points

Violations of user rights: 11 out of 40 points

Total score: 22 out of 100 points

Overall rank in Internet freedom: 7 out of 61

Japan puts more limits on content than France.

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Image: Pedestrians walk across a zebra crossing in Tokyo, Japan.
Photographs: Stringer/Reuters
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Hungary

How free? Free

Obstacles to access: 5 out of 25 points

Limits on content: 8 out of 35 points

Violations of user rights: 10 out of 40 points

Total score: 23 out of 100 points

Overall rank in Internet freedom: 8 out of 61

Hungary has unrestricted access to Internet.

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Image: People fight with pillows during the International Pillow Fighting Day in the centre of Budapest, Hungary.
Photographs: Laszlo Balogh/Reuters
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Italy

How free? Free

Obstacles to access: 5 out of 25 points

Limits on content: 6 out of 35 points

Violations of user rights: 12 out of 40 points

Total score: 23 out of 100 points

Overall rank in Internet freedom: 9 out of 61

Italy has a better record than Hungary when it comes to limits on content.

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Image: A tourist asks for directions from one of several mobile guides on Segway 'chariots' at city hall in Rome, Italy.
Photographs: Chris Helgren/Reuters

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The United Kingdom

How free? Free

Obstacles to access: 2 out of 25 points

Limits on content: 6 out of 35 points

Violations of user rights: 16 out of 40 points

Total score: 24 out of 100 points

Overall rank in Internet freedom: 10 out of 61

The United Kingdom has a better record than Italy when it comes to obstacles to access.

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Image: A customer stands outside The Churchill Arms pub in central London. The 18th century public house has twice won the 'London in Bloom' competition for its floral displays and hanging baskets which adorn the outside.
Photographs: Toby Melville/Reuters

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The Philippines

How free? Free

Obstacles to access: 10 out of 25 points

Limits on content: 5 out of 35 points

Violations of user rights: 10 out of 40 points

Total score: 25 out of 100 points

Overall rank in Internet freedom: 11 out of 61

The Philippines is ranked 11th when it comes to Internet freedom.

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Image: People ride a wave swinger at a carnival in Manila, the Philippines.
Photographs: Cheryl Ravelo/Reuters

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Georgia

How free? Free

Obstacles to access: 8 out of 25 points

Limits on content: 7 out of 35 points

Violations of user rights: 11 out of 40 points

Total score: 26 out of 100 points

Overall rank in Internet freedom: 12 out of 61

Georgia scores better than the Philippines when it comes to obstacles to access.

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Image: A view of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Photographs: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters

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South Africa

How free? Free

Obstacles to access: 8 out of 25 points

Limits on content: 8 out of 35 points

Violations of user rights: 11 out of 40 points

Total score: 26 out of 100 points

Overall rank in Internet freedom: 13 out of 61

South Africa scores better than Georgia when it comes to obstacles to access.

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Image: A shopper walks past a Foschini store at a shopping centre in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Photographs: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

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Argentina

How free? Free

Obstacles to access: 8 out of 25 points

Limits on content: 10 out of 35 points

Violations of user rights: 9 out of 40 points

Total score: 27 out of 100 points

Overall rank in Internet freedom: 14 out of 61

Argentina scores worse than South Africa when it comes to limits on content.

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Image: Overview of Buenos Aires' 9 de Julio Avenue with the Obelisk in the background, Argentina.
Photographs: Enrique Marcarian/Reuters

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Kenya

How free? Free

Obstacles to access: 9 out of 25 points

Limits on content: 7 out of 35 points

Violations of user rights: 12 out of 40 points

Total score: 28 out of 100 points

Overall rank in Internet freedom: 15 out of 61

Kenya scores better than Argentina when it comes to limits on content.

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Image: A motorcyclist rides past the Kenyan Parliament House clock tower in the capital Nairobi.
Photographs: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

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Ukraine

How free? Free

Obstacles to access: 7 out of 25 points

Limits on content: 7 out of 35 points

Violations of user rights: 14 out of 40 points

Total score: 28 out of 100 points

Overall rank in Internet freedom: 16 out of 61

Ukraine scores better than Kenya when it comes to obstacles to access.

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Image: A view of central Kharkiv, Ukraine.
Photographs: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

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Armenia

How free? Free

Obstacles to access: 8 out of 25 points

Limits on content: 9 out of 35 points

Violations of user rights: 12 out of 40 points

Total score: 29 out of 100 points

Overall rank in Internet freedom: 17 out of 61

Armenia scores worse than Ukraine when it comes to obstacles to access.

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Image: A view of Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia.
Photographs: Source, Serouj Ourishian/Wikipedia Commons

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Nigeria

How free? Partly free

Obstacles to access: 10 out of 25 points

Limits on content: 8 out of 35 points

Violations of user rights: 13 out of 40 points

Total score: 31 out of 100 points

Overall rank in Internet freedom: 18 out of 61

There are some restrictions on Internet freedom in Nigeria.

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Image: An aerial view shows the central business district in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos.
Photographs: Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters
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Brazil

How free? Partly free

Obstacles to access: 7 out of 25 points

Limits on content: 8 out of 35 points

Violations of user rights: 17 out of 40 points

Total score: 32 out of 100 points

Overall rank in Internet freedom: 19 out of 61

Brazil scores better than Nigeria when it comes to obstacles to access.

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Image: Tourists take pictures with the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon in the background in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Photographs: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

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South Korea

How free? Partly free

Obstacles to access: 3 out of 25 points

Limits on content: 13 out of 35 points

Violations of user rights: 16 out of 40 points

Total score: 32 out of 100 points

Overall rank in Internet freedom: 20 out of 61

South Korea scores worse than Brazil when it comes to limits on content.

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Image: A subway station in the Gangnam area of Seoul, South Korea.
Photographs: Lee Jae-Won/Reuters

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Angola

How free? Partly free

Obstacles to access: 15 out of 25 points

Limits on content: 6 out of 35 points

Violations of user rights: 13 out of 40 points

Total score: 34 out of 100 points

Overall rank in Internet freedom: 21 out of 61

Angola scores better than South Korea when it comes to limits on content.

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Image: Dusk settles over the Angolan capital, Luanda.
Photographs: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

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Uganda

How free? Partly free

Obstacles to access: 11 out of 25 points

Limits on content: 8 out of 35 points

Violations of user rights: 15 out of 40 points

Total score: 34 out of 100 points

Overall rank in Internet freedom: 22 out of 61

Uganda scores worse than Angola when it comes to obstacles to access.

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Image: A view of the lobby of Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort in Munyonyo, Uganda.
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Kyrgyzstan

How free? Partly free

Obstacles to access: 12 out of 25 points

Limits on content: 10 out of 35 points

Violations of user rights: 13 out of 40 points

Total score: 35 out of 100 points

Overall rank in Internet freedom: 23 out of 61

Kyrgyzstan is ranked 23rd when it comes to Internet freedom.

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Image: A herdsman leads his horses home in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan, about 40km north of the capital Bishkek.
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Ecuador

How free? Partly free

Obstacles to access: 10 out of 25 points

Limits on content: 11 out of 35 points

Violations of user rights: 16 out of 40 points

Total score: 37 out of 100 points

Overall rank in Internet freedom: 24 out of 61

Ecuador scores better than Kyrgyzstan when it comes to obstacles to access.

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Mexico

How free? Partly free

Obstacles to access: 11 out of 25 points

Limits on content: 10 out of 35 points

Violations of user rights: 17 out of 40 points

Total score: 38 out of 100 points

Overall rank in Internet freedom: 25 out of 61

Mexico scores better than Ecuador when it comes to limits on content.


Image: An ice skating rink in Mexico City's Zocalo Square.
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