• Description

At home and on the international stage, authoritarians are on a campaign to divide the open internet into a patchwork of repressive enclaves.

Key Findings:

  • Global internet freedom declined for the 12th consecutive year.
  • Governments are breaking apart the global internet to create more controllable online spaces.
  • China was the world's worst environment for internet freedom for the eighth consecutive year.
  • A record 26 countries experienced internet freedom improvements.
  • Internet freedom in the United States improved marginally for the first time in six years.
  • Human rights hang in the balance amid a competition to control the web.