The international internet watchdog coalition Reporters Without Borders has released its annual “Enemies of the Internet” list, naming the US on the list for the first time.
The report alleges the US’ inclusion in 2014 was down to the impact and fallout of the Snowden leaks, which first began back in June of last year and have continued ever since with more revelations coming up every couple of weeks.
Not only were the revelations themselves damning enough to move the US from the last rung of the ladder all the way up to the podium, but the reaction from the Obama administration continues to be one of “let’s prevent Edward Snowden from happening again”, rather than “let’s start to reign in these programs which have clearly gotten out of control due to lack of regulation and oversight”.
“Identifying government units or agencies rather than entire governments as Enemies of the Internet allows us to draw attention to the schizophrenic attitude towards online freedoms that prevails in in [sic] some countries,” Reporters Without Borders wrote in its report. “Three of the government bodies designated by Reporters Without Borders as Enemies of the Internet are located in democracies that have traditionally claimed to respect fundamental freedoms: the Centre for Development of Telematics in India, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in the United Kingdom, and the National Security Agency (NSA) in the United States.”
Britain and the GCHQ also find themselves attached to the list for the first time this year.