March 13, 2007
Readers may be familiar with the Great Firewall of China, a site allowing browsers to test in real time whether any given website is banned in the glorious People's Republic. (Before you ask, yes it is, for reasons that escape me. Must be the talking ape. Or the filthy capitalist atmosphere.) Well, courtesy of Reporters Without Borders, we can also see the internet's black holes. Here's a map of the world showing where internet usage is controlled by the government. That's Belarus, Burma, China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. No surprises, really. But fans of revolutionary collectivism and the Undifferentiated Ego Mass please take note.
Update: Via Niko in the comments, here's a more detailed map of the same with additional links and information. And more in the Financial Times.