Open-Site.org has a chilling infographic listing 12 countries as “Enemies of the Internet” where content and access are strictly controlled and 11 more “Surveilled Countries” where online activity is monitored. Most of the graphic is devoted to describing the online oppression in three of the worst offenders: China, Iran and Syria.
In China, for example, people can’t tweet or search the word “Occupy” along with the name of any Chinese city. Iranians need to hand over more personal info just to log-on at an Internet cafe than an American need to get a U.S. passport. The Syrian regime uses fake Twitter accounts to spread disinformation about the armed uprising.
The “Enemies” list includes many of the countries you would expect, like Bahrain, Belarus, Cuba, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. But one of the “Enemies” on the list is a bit surprising — and perhaps now out of date.
Right below North Korea on the “Enemies” list is South Korea where, until last month, it was illegal to comment on sites or upload content without using your real name, just like in China and Iran.
At the bottom of the infographic is a warning that the U.S. could come to resemble the Internet Enemies if recent anti-piracy proposals became law, like the Stop Online Piracy Act, which was shelved in Congress last year in the face of an online netizen uprising, and the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which President Obama may seek to impose by executive order.