Publication Date: October 2023

The 13th edition of Freedom on the Net is an annual study of human rights online. The project assesses internet freedom in 70 countries, accounting for 88 percent of the world’s internet users. This report covers developments between June 2022 and May 2023. More than 85 analysts and advisers contributed to this year’s edition, using a standard methodology to determine each country’s internet freedom score on a 100-point scale, with 21 separate indicators pertaining to obstacles to access, limits on content, and violations of user rights.

According to the established methodology of the study, the global internet freedom declined for the 13th consecutive year, attacks on free expression grew more common around the world, and the expansion of the Artificial Intelligence has allowed governments to enhance and refine their online censorship and the threat of supercharged online disinformation campaigns.

To protect internet freedom, democracy’s supporters must adapt the lessons learned from past internet governance challenges and apply them to AI.

Tags: Safety of journalists Freedom of expression Media freedom Media pluralism

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