Chinese Authoritarianism and Censorship Going Worldwide…

The Chinese Style Authoritarianism that has plagued the people of China for decades is growing at an alarming rate. Its next stop might be closer than you think, it might just seep into our social media and news media… or has it already began to fester in these areas? A look at your Facebook and Twitter feeds will show you that, who is missing? As the Japan Times reports:

WASHINGTON – Governments worldwide are stepping up the 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 released Thursday has found.

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.

“Democracies are struggling in the digital age, while China is exporting its model of censorship and surveillance to control information both inside and outside its borders,” said Michael Abramowitz, president of Freedom House. “This pattern poses a threat to the open internet and endangers prospects for greater democracy worldwide.”

We need to stand up to this… How will you stop this? And who will you have help you?


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