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Internet Freedom Still Sliding Globally, Democracy Watchdog Says

Internet freedom continues to wane worldwide under pressure from attacks on informed democratic debate and notions of privacy, with "a cohort of countries...moving toward digital authoritarianism," U.S.-based democracy monitor Freedom House has warned. As social media and other online content foster "echo chambers and pull at the social fabric" of countries, the group says, the survival of democracy technology is at risk and "companies, governments, and civil society must work together to find real solutions to the problems of social-media manipulation and abusive data collection." The 12 months to May 2018 marked the eighth straight year of decline in "global Internet freedom," author Adrian Shahbaz says in the annual Freedom On The Net report.

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