Enemies of the Internet

March 13th, 2012 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

Reporters without Borders has released its list of countries that are enemies of the . I’ve added on the nature of the Government and/or Head of State:

  • Bahrain – monarchy
  • Belarus - presidential republic, president is former communist now statist
  • Burma - presidential republic, pro-military junta
  • China – Marxist-Leninist single-party state (officially)
  • Cuba – republic communist state
  • Iran – Islamic republic
  • North Korea – Juche (Marxist-Leninist) unitary single-party state,
  • Saudi Arabia – Islamic absolute monarchy
  • Syria – Baathist single party state, Arab Socialist Baath Party
  • Turkmenistan – presidential republic, single party state, former communist
  • Uzbekistan – presidential republic, former communist
  • Vietnam – Marxist/Leninist single-party state

My conclusions are that enemies of the Internet tend to be communists,  former communists, Islamists and absolute monarchs.

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21 Responses to “Enemies of the Internet”

  1. Graeme Edgeler (3,268 comments) says:

    My conclusions are that enemies of the Internet tend to be communists, former communists, Islamists and absolute monarchs.

    Don’t forget corporations with publishing interests!

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  2. twmcsw (5 comments) says:

    My conclusions are that enemies of the Internet tend to be communists, former communists, Islamists and absolute monarchs

    What were you expecting to find?

    Liberal Democracies

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  3. Yoza (1,552 comments) says:

    “At the same time, supposedly democratic countries continued to set a bad example by yielding to the temptation to prioritize security over other concerns and by adopting disproportionate measures to protect copyright. Internet users in “free” countries have learned to react in order to protect what they have won. Some governments stepped up pressure on technical service providers to act as Internet cops. Companies specializing in online surveillance are becoming the new mercenaries in an online arms race. “

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  4. Manolo (13,396 comments) says:

    But isn’t Islam the religion of peace? And Cuba and communism John Minto’s paradise?

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  5. CJPhoto (218 comments) says:

    There are many former communist country’s that are not on the list so your conclusions is wrong. The whole former USSR springs to mind (though not the best example) but the likes of the former Yogoslavia (croatia, serbia), and other eastern europe countries are.

    I dont know enough other countries with absolute monarchy etc not on the list (if there are in fact any) to confirm the rest of your conclusion.

    Until you review from that aspect, your conclusions are about as worthless as a 13 person survey on outdoor smoking which (in that instance) you correctly concluded was a piece of shit survey.

    I expect better of you David (in my best school teacher voice)!!!!

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  6. lastmanstanding (1,210 comments) says:

    Stop splitting hair you dumbarses. DPFs point is well made and able to understood by those with some common sense.

    Add to the list of potential enemies a Labour lead/Green/Mana/NZ First government.

    Remember when Clark and her cronies wanted to shut down political commentary before elections. If memory serves it was the 2005 election.

    For me even with the present government we are only a short step away from control

    Freedom fighters like Lastmanstanding know to be vigilant very vigilant. Every government has to the potential to be the worst. They just need the circumstances.

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  7. lastmanstanding (1,210 comments) says:

    And before you asked Yes Im just off to polish my tinfiol helmet

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  8. OTGO (512 comments) says:

    I thought dial up was the enemy of the internet.

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  9. cows4me (248 comments) says:

    I wouldn’t be so quick to condemn the “enemies of the Internet”, given the musings of many so called democratic governments lately, if they could get away with it I suspect that they would be more then happy to pull the plug on the net.

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  10. thas (60 comments) says:

    @ DPF – don’t see any constitutional monarchies on that list . . .

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  11. Yoza (1,552 comments) says:

    One of the most obvious attempts at internet censorship is the US government’s assault on Wikileaks and Julian Assange, also reported on by Reporters Without Boarders

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  12. thor42 (922 comments) says:

    I would have already added Pakistan to that list, even though the page says that they’re likely to be added next year (given that they’re looking at a censoring system). Pakistan have blocked access to many sites for ages, especially those critical of Islam.

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  13. plebe (271 comments) says:

    Fuck me days,didnt see this standard type post comming,i must be slipping.

    Add to the list of potential enemies a Labour lead/Green/Mana/NZ First government. SIGH :o((

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  14. Daigotsu (450 comments) says:

    China = Marxist/Leninist? LOL

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  15. Daigotsu (450 comments) says:

    Also, I’d say calling Belarus or Burma a “presidential republic” is pretty fucking kind. The USA or Poland or France are “presidential republics”. Belarus and Burma are dictatorships.

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  16. Daigotsu (450 comments) says:

    DPF maybe you could explain the difference between a “Marxist-Leninist single-party state” and a “republic communist state”?

    Srsly if this was a 1st year political science essay you would have just busted yourself down to a B

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  17. Viking2 (11,147 comments) says:

    Like the societ Union before them these people will be beaten by Commercial enterprise.
    The soviets banned tv which worked fine untill it came from a satelite. That stuffed them completely, and its worth noting they never even managed to sttop a state broadcaster as BBC always managed to broadcast in to the USSR.

    Internet is just another frequency. Satilites, privately owned will send the signals. People will use it.

    Time and Tide and Enterprize wait for no man.

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  18. krazykiwi (9,189 comments) says:

    No NZ on the list. Red Russ, Minto et al know their job isn’t yet done.

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  19. Daigotsu (450 comments) says:

    “The soviets banned tv”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Television_in_the_Soviet_Union

    ‘Regular TV broadcasting in the Soviet Union started in 1938′

    I presume you mean they banned foreign TV

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  20. Yoza (1,552 comments) says:

    The soviets didn’t need to ban foreign media, the preponderance of those who would have been educated enough to understand it would have been in positions of privilege anyway. The coordinator class, whether in totalitarian or democratic societies, generally function as required without constant supervision.

    It is also interesting to note that some of the more sophisticated totalitarian regimes , rather than outright banning, are monitoring social network sites used by dissident groups to gather information about designated ‘enemies of the state.’

    Also in the Reporters Without Borders piece there is mention of a group one tier down from ‘the enemies of the internet’; the ‘under surveillance’ group. This group, which recently had Venezuela dropped from its ranks, includes Australia “… whose government clings to a dangerous content filtering system;”.

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  21. stiglet (11 comments) says:

    CJPhoto.

    The list contains 12 items. I wonder if your stated additions may appear in the top 20?

    The internet is the enemy to all who try to control thought or deed. It offers a freedom many fear. The freedom of access to knowledge and a freedom of expression. Wherever you are.

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