Chinese-style 'digital authoritarianism' grows globally: study
We certainly feel it. Goodbye Alex Jones. Goodbye Liberty Memes. Goodbye so many others.
As we've long said, what happens in China online isn't going to stay in China.
(From The AP)
Governments worldwide are stepping up use of online tools, in many cases inspired by China's model, to suppress dissent and tighten their grip on power, a human rights watchdog study found Thursday.
The annual Freedom House study of 65 countries found global internet freedom declined for the eighth consecutive year in 2018, amid a rise in what the group called "digital authoritarianism."
The Freedom on the Net 2018 report found online propaganda and disinformation have increasingly "poisoned" the digital space, while the unbridled collection of personal data is infringing on privacy.