People around the world have turned to VPN services more and more in recent years, especially during times of political crisis. We’ve seen VPN downloads skyrocket in Russia after the war started, widespread anti-government protests in Iran, and more recently, Senegalese en masse using these services to keep the internet revolution going.
Governments all over the world are trying to prevent citizens from using this powerful software because it encrypts Internet connections and spoofs users’ IP addresses, allowing them to access censored websites and provide a degree of anonymity.
But what is the state of VPN censorship around the world? How do governments block the use of this software, and most importantly, which countries block VPNs the most? Researchers at Top10VPN decided to find answers to these questions. The results provide a clearer picture of the state of Internet freedom and digital rights violations around the world. Unsurprisingly, China and Iran top the list of the biggest offenders.
Worldwide VPN Blocking
There is no question that the country that cracks down hardest on the use of privacy-first and censorship-evading tools is the one with stricter enforcement of the Open Internet State control—whether in terms of online surveillance or levels of censorship. This means a greater impact on the digital rights of citizens, disproportionately affecting people’s well-being, privacy, freedom of expression, and access to online resources and information.
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Chiara is a multimedia reporter dedicated to reporting stories , to help promote rights and denounce abuses in the digital aspects of life — wherever cybersecurity, markets and politics entangle.