Each year starting in 2011, Freedom House has surveyed countries around the world and measured “Internet Freedom”, sorting countries into three categories: Free, Partly Free, and Not Free. This year the survey looked at 65 countries, representing approximately 88% of the world’s internet user population.
The most surprising finding to me was this chart. While the United States has approximately 240 million internet users, countries like India and China have 341million and 690 million internet users respectively. Sadly both of those countries rank below the US in terms of Internet freedom. In all, 64% of Internet users globally live in countries where internet usage is not free. Only 24% of the world lives in a country where internet usage is largely unrestricted.
See also: Iceland ranks the highest in terms of Internet internet freedom and internet penetration.