Nigeria is one of the countries with the most internet freedom in the world, according to a new study by Proxyracka data collection company, he revealed.
Internet users in a record number of countries have faced arrests and physical attacks for their posts over the past year, the report said, painting a bleak picture of digital freedoms in 2022.
Posted on Friday, the report ranked Nigeria 10th in the index of countries with the greatest internet freedom globally.
Compiled by Proxyrack researchers, the survey gives countries a score out of 100 for the level of internet freedom citizens enjoy, including the extent to which they face restrictions on the content they can access.
Other factors considered were the extent of the ban and restrictions on torrenting, pornography, political media, social media, VPNs and messaging apps, and VoIP.
“The Internet has become a tool that many rely on to learn, connect and have fun,” reads the report’s foreword. “However, not all countries believe this amount of data should be fully accessible to the public.”
Internet freedom is fast becoming an increasingly important issue, the researchers said, as governments around the world seek to limit their citizens’ digital rights, restrict access or censor information, or even prevent access altogether. reliable to the Internet.
“Internet freedom is also in decline globally, with some activists taking advantage of residential proxies and VPNs to expose corrupt regimes and create a more just society,” the report said.
“We looked at the percentage of internet users in each country, the censorship laws citizens are subject to, and the digital freedoms each country’s citizens are afforded to find out.”
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The Nigerian government banned Twitter last year alleging persistent use of the platform for activities capable of undermining Nigeria’s business existence, a move activists have described as stifling citizens’ voices and undermining their rights to freedom of expression.
The UK ranks first as the country with the most internet freedom, with the lowest score, 0 out of 10. The country has the highest percentage of people online and tops the list for its internet freedom score. Internet. Also, the UK doesn’t restrict social media sites, Proxyrack said.
Japan is in second place. The Asian country has one of the highest percentages of internet users and ranks very low when it comes to internet censorship. It also scores 77 out of 100 in the Internet Freedom Score.
Germany finished third, ranking high due to its Internet Freedom Score of 77 and sharing second place for this factor. Germany also doesn’t restrict user access, and the country has one of the lowest censorship scores, according to the report.
The United States follows, followed by France; Italy; Brazil; Philippines; Mexico and Nigeria.
At the other end of the spectrum, China has been named the world’s worst abuser of internet freedom, handing down hefty prison sentences for online dissent.
The country has the most internet restrictions, the report said, adding, “China has banned its citizens from Western social media sites, giving it one of the lowest scores for the factor.”
“The country also heavily restricts its political media on the internet, giving the highest rating (11 out of 11) to internet censorship.”
Iran is behind China as the nation has banned Western social media sites and severely restricted citizens’ access to political media, Proxyrack said. The country also has very low net freedom with a score of 8.16 out of 10.
Egypt is the third worst nation for internet restriction. The North African nation has a relatively low percentage of citizens who use the internet. It also ranks in the bottom five for internet freedoms, as the Egyptian government has been known to jail journalists and human rights activists for their actions online.
Bangladesh is next in the index, followed by Vietnam; Thailand; India; Turkey; Russia; and Indonesia.
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