Every year, Reporters Without Borders publishes a list of “Enemies of the Internet,” designed to draw attention to countries that disrupt the freedom of information with propaganda, surveillance, and censorship. For the very first time, that list now includes the United States of America.
It’s perhaps not surprising that the US would make the cut, given the revelations that Edward Snowden has provided over the past year. Still, it sends a powerful message to see the country on the same list as Cuba, Iran, North Korea, and the “Great Firewall” of China. However, the US isn’t the only superpower that’s new for 2014. The UK and India are also being accused of mass surveillance, and Russia of both surveillance and censorship.