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An Evaluation Of Countries With The Greatest Digital Freedom

The world has transformed quite significantly since the advent of the first computer back in the 1900s. With now almost every household owning a device that can be connected to the internet and the entirety of business depending on their digital presence, the value that it holds in our lives and the global economy is unprecedented as the advancements might cease to exist if the gift of digital technology gets taken away from us. Ranging from mobile phone devices to Tablets to Laptops to Personal Computers, the way the internet impacts our every day lives is something to be marveled at.

However, with that feeling of awestruck and wonder comes concerns of the privacy and questions of the security of our identity as the availability of this information and pretenses leaves room for the misuse and at times significant abuse of the information. With scam categories ranging from phishing and pharming to trojan horse attacks and identity theft, the severity of these attacks can no longer be ignored and the governments that once used to govern the physical boundaries of their people now need to adapt to the protection of its people and their digital footprint as well across the globe from as many sources as possible.

With intelligence information allowing tapping mobile phone devices by just one tap, the certainty of absolute security is a myth unless VPNs are used to mask the digital footprint, and that too only helps to a certain extent. To assess the value and specifications of how the governments are working to secure their people against digital fraud and other internet based crimes that have haunted the layman from all three generations of human exposure to the internet.

The survey conducted by Proton VPN took into consideration many facets that were prime to the evaluation including the freedom that is available to the media as the first of their metrics. The second to follow was an evaluation of how easy was it to access internet based platforms for interaction and exchange. The third of these metrics revolved around scaling the limitations placed by countries, both state and federal governments, on how free the internet access really is. The fourth was understanding the rights of the users guaranteed on the internet and how severely are governments violating them if they are under the pretense of control and garnering the idea of stability. The fifth metric of assessment is the availability of explicit or pornographic materials within the legal and ethical bounds of human interaction. The sixth evaluating factor was the ease of access to VPNs along with the legal status of using these secondary IPs for safe access and screening. The seventh and last factor for evaluating the level of freedom allowed by countries to their people without scrutiny revolved around the legality of social media websites accessing and how easily and without government intervention the website is available.

By gathering this information from sources such as Reporters Without Borders and Freedom House that provide open source and unbiased data from various sources that is filtered through for proper means and can be accessed without any external intervention and interference from any source or body.

By gauging these metrics on a scale, the report released the top 20 and bottom 20 countries that have reported to be on the good and bad side of freedom of the internet, and while some results were as expected, there were a few surprises here and there on the infographic posted.

The results revealed the top 20 countries and many were as predicted with Switzerland topping the chart followed by some European countries with Canada at Number 7 being the only non EU country in the top 10. United States, even though advocates the most secured only ranked at 14 in the list and Hungary was the 20th contender.

In the results for the bottom 20, as expected, China was at the bottom as the least secured, followed by Cuba, Russia, Vietnam, UAE, and Myanmar. Most Islamic countries were ranked in the list as the metric for pornographic content ranked pretty low there.

The list even though brings a lot of clarity, the individuals metric ranking could improve and better it by a significant margin and that would help the users for a better judgement.
An Evaluation Of Countries With The Greatest Digital Freedom
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