2013 Global Scores

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Freedom on the Net measures the level of internet and digital media freedom in 60 countries. Each country receives a numerical score from 0 (the most free) to 100 (the least free), which serves as the basis for an internet freedom status designation of Free (0-30 points), Partly Free (31-60 points), or Not Free (61-100 points).

Ratings are determined through an examination of three broad categories:

  1. Obstacles to Access: assesses infrastructural and economic barriers to access; governmental efforts to block specific applications or technologies; and legal, regulatory, and ownership control over internet and mobile phone access providers.
  2. Limits on Content: examines filtering and blocking of websites; other forms of censorship and self-censorship; manipulation of content; the diversity of online news media; and usage of digital media for social and political activism.
  3. Violations of User Rights: measures legal protections and restrictions on online activity; surveillance; privacy; and repercussions for online activity, such as legal prosecution, imprisonment, physical attacks, or other forms of harassment.

Country

Freedom on the Net 2013

Status

 

Freedom on the Net  2013

Total

0-100 Points

A. Subtotal:

Obstacles to Access

0-25 Points

B. Subtotal:

Limits on Content

0-35 Points

C. Subtotal:

Violations of User Rights

0-40 Points

Iceland

Free

6

1

1

4

Estonia

Free

9

1

3

5

Germany

Free

17

4

4

9

United States

Free

17

4

1

12

Australia

Free

18

2

5

11

France

Free

20

4

4

12

Japan

Free

22

4

7

11

Hungary

Free

23

5

8

10

Italy

Free

23

5

6

12

United Kingdom

Free

24

2

6

16

Philippines

Free

25

10

5

10

Georgia

Free

26

8

7

11

South Africa

Free

26

7

8

11

Argentina

Free

27

8

10

9

Kenya

Free

28

9

7

12

Ukraine

Free

28

7

7

14

Armenia

Free

29

8

9

12

Nigeria

Partly Free

31

10

8

13

Brazil

Partly Free

32

7

8

17

South Korea

Partly Free

32

3

13

16

Angola

Partly Free

34

15

6

13

Uganda

Partly Free

34

11

8

15

Kyrgyzstan

Partly Free

35

12

10

13

Ecuador

Partly Free

37

10

11

16

Mexico

Partly Free

38

11

10

17

Indonesia

Partly Free

41

11

11

19

Tunisia

Partly Free

41

12

8

21

Malawi

Partly Free

42

16

11

15

Morocco

Partly Free

42

11

7

24

Malaysia

Partly Free

44

9

15

20

Lebanon

Partly Free

45

14

10

21

Libya

Partly Free

45

17

9

19

Jordan

Partly Free

46

13

13

20

Cambodia

Partly Free

47

14

15

18

India

Partly Free

47

15

12

20

Rwanda

Partly Free

48

12

18

18

Bangladesh

Partly Free

49

13

12

24

Turkey

Partly Free

49

12

18

19

Azerbaijan

Partly Free

52

13

17

22

Venezuela

Partly Free

53

16

16

21

Russia

Partly Free

54

10

19

25

Zimbabwe

Partly Free

54

16

14

24

Sri Lanka

Partly Free

58

15

20

23

Kazakhstan

Partly Free

59

15

23

21

Egypt

Partly Free

60

15

12

33

Thailand

Partly Free

60

10

21

29

Burma

Not Free

62

20

16

26

Sudan

Not Free

63

17

19

27

United Arab Emirates

Not Free

66

13

22

31

Belarus

Not Free

67

16

22

29

Pakistan

Not Free

67

20

20

27

Saudi Arabia

Not Free

70

14

24

32

Bahrain

Not Free

72

11

26

35

Vietnam

Not Free

75

14

28

33

Uzbekistan

Not Free

78

20

28

30

Ethiopia

Not Free

79

22

28

29

Syria

Not Free

85

24

25

36

China (PRC)

Not Free

86

19

29

38

Cuba

Not Free

86

24

29

33

Iran

Not Free

91

22

32

37