Where Internet Censorship is Strongest

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Visit IVPN's new interactive censorship map here.

Cuba is ranked 2nd worst in the world -- following Syria -- regarding obstacle to access.

Thus, regardless of its new fiber optic cable, or past foreign investments in Cuba's telecom monopoly ("ETECSA"), the Castro regime simply keeps raising the barriers to connectivity.

Thus, if companies like Google want to really help the Cuban people, browsers (Chrome) are nice -- except few Cubans have access to use them.

More importantly, it should provide satellite connectivity -- with or without Castro's permission.

It's easy, nothing in U.S. law prevents it and can be done virtually overnight.

From Engadget:

The internet censorship map at a glance

If you're reading this, you probably enjoy open internet access as a matter of course. However, other countries aren't quite so liberal. How do you know where you're truly free? IVPN's new interactive censorship map might just answer that question for you. The site lets you click on a given country to quickly learn about its tendencies to block free speech online, attack critics and shred anonymity. Not surprisingly, very authoritarian governments like China, Cuba and Iran don't score well -- they tend to insist on real names when you post, and will throw you in prison for challenging the internet status quo. Many other countries, like Russia and Venezuela, walk an awkward line between freedom and trying to crush dissent.

The map is far from perfect. There are quite a few gaps, although that's partly dictated by countries that can't or won't offer data (North Korea isn't exactly the sharing type). Also, you may scoff at the nations deemed truly free -- the info comes from 2012, before we knew about Australia's proposed anti-leak measures, American surveillance revelations or the UK's hit-and-miss porn filter. Still, the guide should make it at least a little bit easier to understand where it's safe to speak your mind.