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Freedom House: India’s internet freedom improves after 4 years downturn

India’s internet freedom improves after 4 years: Following initiatives to close the digital divide in the nation, India’s internet freedom score increased by two points to 51 in the overall ranking, according to the US government-funded NGO Freedom House. Reduced frequency and intensity of nationwide internet outages also contributed to the score improvement. In terms of internet freedom, India scored 49 in 2021.

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India’s internet freedom improves after 4 years: Key points

  • The Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, among other laws allowing the government to censor online content, have reportedly been challenged in court, leading to restrictions being placed on some of the government’s powers.
  • The US government-funded NGO discovered that internet freedom had deteriorated worldwide for the 12th year in a row, with Russia, Myanmar, Sudan, and Libya experiencing the biggest declines.
  • According to the research, China had the worst internet freedom conditions in the world for the eighth year in a row, while internet freedom in the United States somewhat improved for the first time in six years.

About Freedom House:

In Washington, D.C., a non-profit organisation called Freedom House conducts research and advocates for political freedom, democracy, and human rights. Wendell Willkie and Eleanor Roosevelt served as the organization’s first honorary chairpersons when it was created in October 1941. About 150 people work for the charitable organisation Freedom House worldwide. It has field offices in roughly a dozen nations, including the Ukraine, Hungary, Serbia, Jordan, Mexico, and nations in Central Asia, with its main office in Washington, D.C.

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