Fast new ways of communicating and vast quantities of information online can be intimidating to governments, which are used to controlling information or at least using familiar information channels. Some governments have responded by filtering, monitoring and censoring what people read and share. According to Hunt, one-third of Internet users live in countries where the Internet is heavily filtered. Not only is censorship antithetical to human rights, said Hunt, it also has a negative impact on the economy. The private sector has benefited from open Internet. Lack of communication and free speech has consequences for innovation and economic growth: high levels of Internet freedom correlate with high levels of education and innovation. And the Internet does not necessarily harm more traditional industries; according to Hunt, the web creates 2.6 jobs for every job that it renders obsolete.

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