BBC Chinese recently reported that China had the lowest score in the just-released Freedom House Annual Internet Freedom Report. The Freedom House Report is a globally respected indicator of Internet freedom. This year’s Report covered 65 countries. On a scale between 0 and 100 (100 being the worst), China scored 88, sitting at the very bottom of the list of all countries covered, after Vietnam, Uzbekistan, Cuba, Ethiopia, Syria and Iran. The report scores were based on three major elements: the barriers to getting online, content restrictions, and user rights. China got the lowest score possible on user rights. The Report also mentioned major Internet events in 2015 for each country. For China, it mentioned the government authorized blocking of proxies, state-issued fake security certificates, and real-name regulations for users, as well as legal requirements allowing the government access to backend systems of infrastructure vendors (such as communications companies). The best ranked countries in the Report were Iceland, Estonia, Canada, Germany, Australia, and the United States.
Source: BBC Chinese, October 28, 2015