The United States made Reporters Without Borders' "Enemies of the Internet" list for the first time, Jillian C. York reports. The U.K., Russia and India join the same freshman class.
"While the US government doesn’t censor online content, and pours money into promoting Internet freedom worldwide, the National Security Agency’s unapologetic dragnet surveillance and the government’s treatment of whistleblowers have earned it a spot on the index," York writes.
York also suggests some countries that could have made the list: Turkey, Jordan and Morocco deserve inclusion for various policies, she argues.
Reporters Without Borders includes a list of "Corporate Enemies" in this year's report -- firms that "sell products that are liable to be used by governments to violate human rights and freedom of information."
And it talks about the responsibility of news organizations and journalists for information security: "Protection of sources is no longer just a matter of journalistic ethics," it reads. (more...)