A map of censorship around the globe


Communications gurus planning campaigns abroad now have an easy test for how problematic the local media market may be in carrying the messaging. Researchers at Cambridge, Harvard, Oxford and the University of Toronto have mapped the filtering of internet content in 41 nations around the world, and found 25 countries either block some topics completely or screen it.

Blocked communications included human rights, religion, politics, sex, gambling and drugs. The largest barriers to social topics such as gambling arose in Eastern Africa and the Middle East; China scored highest on political censorship. At least China doesn’t have robocalls.

Update: You can find the research at MIT’s online pub, which requires registration and is free.

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