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Developing countries started using open Internet VPNs a few years ago. They believe in a free Internet, and they have been using these open Internet VPNs to surf privately and securely. A recent survey also shows that most people in these countries support moves against Internet censorship.
Majority Want Internet without Government Censorship
The Pew Research Center in the US conducted a survey recently. They wanted to know how people in developing countries feel about Internet censorship. They found that most people in these countries do not feel good about facing Internet restrictions. The especially do not approve of government imposed restrictions. They want to have freedom online and do not want anyone telling them what activities they can and cannot participate in. Specifically, 22 out of the 24 countries surveyed disapproved of government restrictions.
It is the youth who use the Internet the most in the surveyed countries. It would stand to reason that it is the youth who are mostly interested in Internet freedom. They are the ones who know what Internet restrictions mean, and the trouble that they cause. And the countries that use the Internet the most also opposed Internet censorship the most. They have experienced the inconvenience and frustration of not being able to access the websites and services that they need. They know what it means to be prevented from exercising their freedom of expression. They know how it feels to be banned from reading and watching what they want.
Here is a summary of the Pew Research Center survey:
|Country||Support for Open Internet|
Open Internet VPNs and Freedom from Censorship
The US government announced last week that it would be letting go of its Internet governance role. But many are not confident that they are really willing to take a back seat. They claimed they wanted control of the Internet to fall on a more diverse supervisory group. But many feel that the US cannot be trusted. Internet users, human rights advocates and privacy groups also worry that when the US steps down, other countries will attempt to take control of the Internet. Internet users in developing countries have echoed these sentiments. Because of this mistrust, they are sticking to the use of open Internet VPNs. They want to preserve their Internet freedoms and secure their privacy. They feel that open Internet VPNs are the best way to do this.