As internet freedom declines, what can you do?

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

14 November 2016

This week, pro-democracy think tank Freedom House released a report stating that in 2016, internet freedom around the world has declined for a sixth consecutive year.

According to the report, 67% of all internet users currently live in countries where criticism of the government, military, or ruling family are subject to censorship, and 27% live in countries where arrests have been made for publishing, sharing or liking things on Facebook.

Countries like China and Ethiopia scored worst in terms of internet freedom, with Saudi Arabia and Russia not far behind. But it’s clear from these findings that the decrease in freedom online is a global issue, and one that affects all of us increasingly.

But what can you do?

Its important that we make clear to our leaders that internet freedom is a pressing issue, and one that we feel strongly about. Write to your local representative and make clear that you value your online freedom and wish to protect it.

Social media and online communications also play a great part in ensuring that the pressure stays on governments and authorities to maintain freedom online. Social media is a fantastic tool for keeping up the spread of information, and for encouraging others to speak up too.

In more immediate terms, you can take some steps to maintain access to a free and open internet, no matter where you are. SurfEasy VPN allows you to bypass firewalls and restrictions online to use the web freely, regardless of your location, and our bank-grade encryption adds another level of security to your online activities.

SurfEasy VPN lets you borrow an IP address from any one of 24 countries, meaning that you can’t be followed or tracked online, and you can access the web as if you’re in an entirely different part of the world. If your country places restrictions on the web, this can mean that with SurfEasy VPN, you can take your internet freedom back.

We’re dedicated to helping keep the web free and open for all—and to maintaining your privacy while we do it. We’ll continue to fight for internet freedom, and we hope you will too.**

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