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nnnbbbb

rubbish

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"Rubbish"?

Do you feel you have more information than Reporters without Borders? About Uzbeckistan, Saudi Arabia, or where? In other words, do you have any reason for your comment other than a know-it-all attitude?

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I only know of an article I read online about an outbreak of a disease in a chinese college, and they locked down the school and the only way kids could communicate were through their online blogs, so that must say something about them having the internet.

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The chinese government censors the internet. Under the guise of "internet access" China is actually just having a big fat LAN party with itself.

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so what!

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at least they may still get porn.

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What's this?

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Rubbish...Agree

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gienel
339 pencils

interesting idea good information i bet nobody notice this before thinking ads that what it is....

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gienel
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interesting idea good information i bet nobody notice this before thinking ads thats what it is....

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littleoslo

excellent, simple and impressive!

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Filipe
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Interesting subject. Poor idea.

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pixelbomb1
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truth hurts. talk about government control huh?.

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Arnold Santillan
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I wish this one could be buried in a black hole somewhere.

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daniel_glezmilan
282 pencils

simple??...

or why not think simple??

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Mecajet
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ughhh. all this horrible reporter garbage makes me lose all sympathy for whatever this is trying to tell me.

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Guest star

as said, it's a very interesting subject.
but it seems that 70% of the people here didn't get the point hidden behind this flat and ugly execution.

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moskaudancer

Uhhh...
Is everyone else reading a different article, or am I the only one who cares about the fact that these people don't get to exercise one of the same basic rights that we do?

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yangfanart
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Rubbish...Agree

Hem's picture
Hem

Data is wrong ... News is free in NEPAL

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one of

what happened to germany? :D

freakjesus's picture
freakjesus

sheesh... geography ain't your strong point, boy...

littleoslo's picture
littleoslo

thats not germany but belarus

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This is factually inaccurate. Why can you say Iran has no internet when it does, and say iraq has internet when only the westerners have it?

Get the facts straight and post them. Report accurately before you talk about borders.

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China has internet too. That picture is meant to show which countries don't have unrestricted access to the internet. I have come across many articles about Iran blocking certain sites because the government didn't like that was on them.

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the isalamic regime

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You "hat the isalamic regime"? hat? isalamic?

You sound like an idiot. Islam is a religion. You managed to use the words "I" and "the" correctly, though.

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I wouldn't blame him for his spelling. I wonder how well you can spell in Farsi?

Islam is not only a religion but the governing regime when you live in the theocracy of Iran.

You are the idiot.

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Why do you mention Libya as a black hole? Most of the internet is allowed there, hell, even porn is allowed. Just the opposition's websites are censored, and really, who gives a damn about that?

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The opposition cares

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Sep 15, 2009: "the Syrian Centre for Media and Free Expression reported that the number of news and information websites blocked in Syria has increased to 241. They include 49 Kurdish sites, 35 opposition sites, 22 Lebanese sites, 15 human rights sites and nine(9) cultural sites."

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Quote-"Why can you say Iran has no internet when it does"

It's not trying to say there is no internet butt hole it is trying to say that information does not flow freely there.......

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fnancis esmonde...

According to this graphic, I think that someone should literally move more offshore servers 'offshore'. I'm really amazed by the 'amount of internet' available in the oceans, and clearly connecting the poles.

Seriously, some graphic designer thought it cute to put WAY too many lines in that image. Try: http://www.cybergeography.org/atlas/more_isp_maps.html

:p

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I think the reason they put so many lines is that they weren't being literal. I'm fairly certain that they were just illustrating that information is freely exchanged between those lines. Also its an ad so you have to think about that too. They were just trying to illustrate that many people in the world are connected to each other, maybe not directly but connected. Also they are reporters and reporters typically value exchanging ideas and information, I mean it is their job. I think thats why there are so many lines because of their value of information exchange. Anyway in those countries, they most of the time get internet access but they often monitor or block what people look at, which I know for me would inhibit what ideas I could communicate. Also getting rid of internet chatting methods is a travesty I think.

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JINFASH

SAYS WHO!!!
i'm from saudi arabia... what type of "NEWS" am i missing?

(FYI: if ur talking about filtered sites, then there are MANY MANY ways to bypass those blockades, but mostly they're porn so i'm glad that they're there for the children's sake)

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same here :) ... I'm from Saudi Arabia and it's normal ...

most of the porn if filtered (and as you said, that's great for our children)... but everything else can be accessed normally :)

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ADAM

Information does not flow freely in the US either. Try criticizing the administration's policies...you will find yourself fired or arrested (much like the kid from Loose Change)

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"Try criticizing the administration's policies...you will find yourself fired or arrested"
Uh huh. Apparently, you have never read Digg's comment threads...nor ever seen DailyKOS, ThinkProgress, etc., etc... On second thought, your very notion (ironically) sounds like something one might read on one of those very sites. (Amongst all the rest of the criticism of the administration's policies.)

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dudey890

This is just stupid who would say there is a black hole in the internet? whoever made this must also thinks that when the earth crashes into the sun we would move to mars. god these peole are idiots. this is my first day on digg so may i ask: does anyone here play runescape? If you do plz add me my username is yoikillyou2. K? Goodbye!

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Frane Rectal

idiot...

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Propaganda at it's finest.

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Moo8553

God damn, there are alot of stupid people on the internet. It's not about Internet access, you idiots. It's not suppose to be a work of art to appease your delicate gay palettes.

Do you idiots see the black holes?

Black holes = censorship
Censorship = bad
Idiots = bad
Idiots = Black Holes

Funny Quotes:
Just the opposition's websites are censored, and really, who gives a damn about that?

What's this?

nobody notice this before thinking ads that what it is....

horrible reporter garbage makes me lose all sympathy for whatever this is trying to tell me.

what happened to germany? :D // thats not germany but belarus (You Idiot)

Why can you say Iran has no internet when it does (because it about censorship you idiot)

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I love the Saudi reply that yeah, there are blockades but tons of ways to get around them, and they pretty much just block porn. What if others thought this way:

Soviet Russian: "We don't need independent media. Besides, we can watch American TV on satellite if we hide the dish well enough."
Palestinian: "Sure, there are tons of checkpoints, but why do you want to cross them anyway? Only infidels out there."
Chinese: "Yes, we have to get a visa to travel to parts of our country, but it's for our own good. Nothing to see in Hong Kong anyway, it's just like the rest of the country."

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Not true.. Nepal should not be in this list. It has open access to internet

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spoof

keep information fee. . . f* china and their great firewall

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Let's count how much time will it take to Venezuela become the newest member...

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Ok... so are people just not able to understand the notion of "freely" flowing information? This is not saying that the internet never reaches these places... just that these countries don't have access to ALL the internet (be it a jpeg on your first webpage or government conspiracy page). The problem here is as follows: YOU don't get the option to choose what you want to see as your country makes that choice for you... Those of you in the US... don't get your complexes complicated yet... our government is instead listening to everything you say.... 2 solutions... same issue...

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I have visited both Tunisia and Iran, both of which are on your "list". I had no problems getting online in either of these countries and accessing websites hosted outside of those countries. I was able to access websites via HTTP and HTTPS. I was also able to use ssh from both of those countries back to servers in the UK. So if i had been ultra-paranoid about being filtered or blocked I would have just use an ssh tunnel back to a squid proxy, but as I have already said, that did not become necessary.

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This is an inaccurate picture. Cuba has internet, it's filter, but it has internet. I was in Cuba a little more than a year ago, and I was able to access my hotmail from there.

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Frane Rectal

of course you had, einstein. in your 5-star hotel.
did you notice that tourists/ foreigners and cubans even have another currency?
cubans don't have the same rights as non-cubans.
idiot.

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Their point might be an important one but the graphic itself sucks. Also, dead zones of free information liken nothing to a "black hole". The metaphor is ignorant.

Important tip: when making a graphic representation use real information, otherwise you've drawn thousands of people to your site to look at a pretty picture with no relevance. It pisses them off.

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OMFG, SEA IS HIGLY NETWORKED!!!!!!!

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Since when is "free information flow" a basic human right?

Information has been, is, and will always be an instrument of the government and influential powers alike (e.g. corporations) to control the mass, regardless of country. In any case, what use is free information flow if you don't take action about it? Take the U.S., for instance. Thanks to its free flow of information, there are now people who know that Bush is a terrible president and that the whole war in Iraq is a show put up for the profit of big American corporations. How many people are doing something concrete about this information? Why is Bush still in power? I'm just guessing but most of them are probably just sitting on their ass at the dining table talking about how terrible a president Bush is. I don't blam them. I just want you to realise that free flow of information does not mean everything. With this freedom comes the problem of information overflow, where people become desensitised about important issues because, everywhere, there is too much information of all levels of importance and truthfulness, and you lose the ability to distinguish the important from the trivial, and the true from the false. Information overloading is quite possibly a much scarier mechanism of mass control than information blocking. When you block information, the mass can sense something wrong and actively seek to circumvent the block. However, when you have information overload, the mass literally has its senses overwhelmed and voluntarily ceases to take interest in true, important information.

Please read Neil Postman's "Amusing Ourselves to Death" and realise the bigger information-related problem in your own country.

I, for one, can proudly say that I am fighting information overload. For instance, I have stopped watching television news because there really is not much valuable content for my time. My time is better spent reading news articles. Not that news articles are any more unbiased than television news, but reading is more thought stimulating and allows me to analyse better.

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Some of these comments truly show how much their writers do not understand.

This graphic is not saying that these places do not have internet. It is saying that they DO have internet, but that there are heavy filters in place that prevent access to some sites.

Yes, there are many ways around this, but that is not the point.

The point is that of censorship. I will not define censorship, because if you do not know what it is then you are probably too stupid to read anything other than US Weekly.

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Belarusian

I'm from Belarus.

We do have Internet.

But during elections or some other important political activities our government blocks ALL opposition sites, so people don't have an idea what's really happening in the country.

That is the idea.

No truth, no information, no freedom, and almost no hope left...

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MooBarack

guards, arrest this treacherous blabbermouth.

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I can't see this page, and yet my country is not blacked out. WTF1111!!!!??????

Seriously guys. This is a simple graphic on who censors the web. If you don't get that, you probably should censor yourselves off the web. It might harm you if you're that gullible.

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Looks like North Dakota is also affected by this Blackhole... hmmm... explains a lot!

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draftermath

no way, China isn't free. And for all these years.....

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Alexander Luthor

black out MPAA and RIAA HQs and that should have been enough

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JustAnotherIdiot

seems that there are a lot of idiots out there that just dont understand the priviledge that they have by beeng informed , the blak hole is just in their heads

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american idiot

you think we are not in a hole?! think again.

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zoglog

This picture is dumb on so many levels............

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Most of the posters here are absolutely CLUELESS. A black hole takes things in, but doesn't let them out. So what if you can read news in Libya or Iran? The point is that information cannot freely travel OUT of the black hole.

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since when is internet access an inalienable human right?
freedom to travel should be though, so travel to another country and log on.

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Saudi Arabia mainly filter the porn sites. They don't block any kind of news on the internet, but they do monitor and control the local newspapers. CNN and Fox news channels are provided by the local cable providers, unlike USA which blocks AlJazeera English channel

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This graph(ic) is so inaccurate it hurts. If by black-hole they mean intercepted or filtered web, try the majority of the world. Yes, yes, you sitting smugly in the USA, GB, Italy are having sites blocked, slowed down (throttled) or otherwise traced/manipulated just like those 'evil' contries we like to wag a disapproving finger at.

This looks more like a political map of those the USA does not have good relations with than anything based on rational thought, science, or *gasp* actual data!

Kudos for pulling wool. Our eyes were so cold and rational before it.

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Looks like parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan are in the black hole, too?

There is plenty of information censorship right here in the U.S. A high percentage of Americans get much if not all of their Internet access at work or at public libraries, and there are filters and eavesdropping network overlords at libraries and at some companies that make Chinese government filters look like a joke. Add to that personal self-censorship of people choosing to use net filters and other things designed to keep them "safe" from evil things (when these products are known to block legitimate "safe" sites [like mine, grumblegrumble]) and I think you'll find that information does not ever flow freely anywhere. In some of these countries filtering is administered by the government, but in America it's a lucrative software niche.

This graphic is trying to make a point but it is carelessly made, and ambiguous enough that it invites misinterpretations more than insights.

You also skipped Antarctica.

-mt

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Cycojesus

So here I am, I've been living in Vietnam for more than 2 years and never, ever I've been blocked to visit a website... I don't deny that there is censorship here, but...

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Guess this means that they won't be able to see that they are black holes of the internet since this is on THE INTERNET.

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Steven King

Those who say bubbish, at least you have the internet and the right to say that. Those in the countries listed can't say that about their regime openly or they will be arrested like the cases in Vietnam. DZ

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Steven King

For those in Vietnam, try and see if you can log on viettan.org, http://www.vietquoc.com/, http://www.vietnamhumanrights.net/, http://lenduong.net/spip.php?rubrique362 and such... Then email me and tell me if you are ok. Dai Zuong

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cuba doesnt have a wide internet service provider because they were excluded in the network line that goes throught the caribbean, so they are forced to use satelite internet at a very high price, with not much of data to use, and only around 150mbit/70mbit for the whole country. this will change when anoter cable goes to the caribbean from venezuela, adding 40gps to cuba, and to other countries in the area. and venezuela will be soon on this list, because this is a lame propaganda. seriously, venezuela is a democratic socialist state, and if you read their constitution you will be able to learn a thing or two, but yea, it's better to get the news about venezuela in fox news, right?

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zombie kid

I like turtles

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justagay

me too. maybe we should meet one day and let our turtles play with each other.

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Guest

if the data is trying to show the country that restricts internet access...i think nepal is the only country that has the most freedom of the web in the world and i am not kidding...get ur facts straight

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Uzbekistan...aka..."Ass holes" - Borat

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you bet.

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prabuddha

Bull shit !! who says these countries dont have internet acess and restricted .just a bunch of crap.. who is the reporter any way .I am Nepalese living in US and i had way better internet acess back home than here.You dont even know how good it was ...so better research accurately before posting this kinda bullshit

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http://blog.xnepali.com/5-voip-sites-blocked-in-nepal/

better research accurately before posting this kinda bullshit

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Earthengine

I am a Chinese but I hate the black holes. Espectially the Germany. because it is the only democracy contry in the list. If this black hole can be filled up, I think we can do more for filling other black hole.

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W_Silveira

germany's neither on the list nor marked on the map. and i bet you're anything but chinese.
you'd better keep filling all of your black holes instead of writing bullshit.

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Sowhat2

You are so supid that i even don't need to bet.

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Some people still have not got it right!!!

* It is NOT about "access" to internet
* It is about BLOCKING OF SITES that are critical of the government / country / establishment
* It is about DENIAL of right to dissent
* It is about FREEDOM of speech

Many countries do not allow sites critical to their political ideology. Countries like Saudi Arabia does not allow sites that criticize their religion. Other countries block sites of political dissidents and opponents.

Information overload can happen in a fee society. But it’s not a bad thing. People know that Bush administration is bad because people can say so, without fear or harm.

~~be cool eh!~~

~~this paranoid survived!~~

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Actually it should have many shades of Grey, too.
Many democratic and free countries do actually have in place different levels of "black holes" !!!!
~~be cool eh!~~

~~this paranoid survived!~~

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So the U.S.A. has "free flow of information"? Think again!
Where was that page? Yes, here: http://www.rense.com/general57/news.htm
I have chosen the USA because this web page is from there.
Announcing some countries as "censor" or "the other" is easy way to forget about other deformities. The important thing is to fight against EVERY forms of prevention and censorship.
By the way, I am not from the USA. I am from TURKEY

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some of you should be ashamed of yourselves, agreeing with censorship! what has got into you? have you not yet learned history's lessons?

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for the record, i'm in china. i can see this site. no special circumventing needed.

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I'm in China too. I can't get Wickepedia sites (despite what Reporters Without Borders says) without using a proxy or circumvention site. (October 13, 2007)

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total garbage i have logged on in the maldives and had no problems at all

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rubbish map is out of date and full of rubbish

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bullshit map
japan censors more than china

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访客

我来自黑洞。

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heroin4th
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me too

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Dave Greiman

I personally believe that US Americans should help the Iraq. :)

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Gust

I come from China.
I come from Black holes.

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kronpas

lol, now what? I m from Vietnam, and i m reading & commenting on this rubbish pic :)And of course, i came from digg, same as you guys.

Honestly, Reporters without borders should list themselves as being in some sort of blackhole of information, to provide ppl with such the nonsense info.

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Here in Maldives, we not only get filtered and censored websites. we also face criminal charges for critcizing the government on websites. porn is free but our theme is 'praise the government while you watch porn'. if you are with the govt. u dont get charged with anything. but if u dont like the govt, u get charged for everything.

OSAMAAA WHERE AEE U?? i need you to do something about Mau-moon Abgul Gay-oom. please please!! :(

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Guest666

Dumb ass muslims.
All their lands all are backwards and primitive.

Islam is a mental virus.

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* It is NOT about "access" to internet
* It is about BLOCKING OF SITES that are critical of the government / country / establishment
* It is about DENIAL of right to dissent
* It is about FREEDOM of speech

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this is gross polarisation. disgraceful

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Everyone does realize that these countries filtering softwares are developed and maintained by Silicon Valley Corporations...

Microsoft
Google
Yahoo
etc.

When you think about it, the money YOU spend on THEIR software, THEIR equipment, so on and so forth is funding the oppression of our species BY our species. Trust me, filtered websites is the least of these people's problems right now.

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When I as a Canadian try to access a US site I get bounced to a Canadian site.

When Canadians living or visiting the US try to get news from home they're bounced back to a U.S. site.

Talk about black holes. You only see what your government want's you to see.

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I lived in Tunisia. This was in 2008. There is not an internet black hole. Don't believe everything you read.

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America....fuck yeah!

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Nice picture. Even though it's not accurate.

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you forgot Denmark, they bloked piratebay.

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Guest

Soon we all we be in the Internet's black hole. Goverments are closing in with their databases.

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I just spent a year in Cuba and while many websites are fine, many websites are blocked. Also, considering internet is ridiculously expensive to a population that survives on the equivalent of 12-15 USD a month, internet is also unattainable from an economic standpoint.

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China does block many websites because of political reasons, which is awfull. But having a computer and the access to Internet is not a problem to most of the families. Where did you stay in China that Internet is ridiculously expensive.

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"So what if you can read news in Libya or Iran? The point is that information cannot freely travel OUT of the black hole."

Actually information flows quite freely out of Iran. Its the information INTO the country that is censored

- An Iranian

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Anyone confused about what its like to live in a nation on this chart, just imagine what your "freedom of speech" would be worth if the government forced you to wear a muzzle on your mouth. These are countries without freedom of press and free access to the internet. Opponents of the regime are hurried off to the ministry of torture for years without telling their family members what has come of them. It's the same cliche in every petty dictatorship, no originality or surprises.

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In Democracy, site ban user. In Communism, user ban site! (Yakov Smirnoff's Russian Reversal)

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Who is making this reports

I am from Saudi Arabia, and I can use internet here with no limitation all beside it is more speed than some US cities I visited.

The porn here is not allowd and we are happy with that. Althu who want it can reach it.

So please GET REAL!

Jubran

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hey this needs update, put Germany, Turkey, Australia and Thailand on there too...

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/TECH/web/09/21/google.transparency/

so what if it's to do with kings/heroes/child porn/terroist, as long as the government restricts the flow of information, they should be on the list.

any kind of censorship is bad censorship.

ps, put google on there too when they have their own country on the moon.

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in Iran we can see all news of any where of the world even this page!

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Islam isn't a mental virus like Freemasonry
its a bad censorship that you think Islam is like that!
yes it is!

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RichardPt
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Great Map and very relevant with what's going on in Libya and recently in Egypt. Access to an internet provider and to the internet should be a basic human right!

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Charlie_12
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interesting idea good information i bet nobody notice this before thinking ads that what it is....

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raunaqrayait
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I think many of persons had not read comments at upside.These is total unappreciated information had been shared.As these video contains total rubbish information.

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umderbant
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It's such a shame that in those countries people aren't able to express their own opinions. Newspapers are pretty much controlled by the governments.

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maperlui
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The statement isn't 100% true, because this ad, which expressed something the Government was unhappy to see, was not blocked to me sitting inside China.

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