Freedom of the Net

Did American internet freedom increase or decrease in 2018?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. According to the data, is American internet freedom Improving or decling?

  3. Why do you think that is?

  4. What is one consequence of that change?

  5. Describe How the internet impacted the 2016 election.

  6. Hypothetically, What is one power a POTUs could use to limit internet freedom in the U.S.?

  7. Let’s say that a POTUS limited internet freedom, describe one thing either of the other branches of government could do to (As James madison would say in Federalist No. 51) counteract his ambition?

  8. How do you think Freedom House measures internet freedom, anyway?

  9. How does the U.S. of A. compare to the rest of the world regarding internet freedom?

  10. does that make you proud?

  11. In terms of internet freedom, what is the least free country in the world?

  12. How do you think that least-free country (Pro Tip: it’s China) is able to control the internet?*

  13. Do you think Most people in china generally know that Their internet freedom is reduced?

  14. Imagine that America’s press and internet freedom were dramatically limited. How would you know?!?!?!?!?

  15. Can you Imagine a world without hypotheticals?

  16. What about American political culture makes the United States less susceptible to governmental internet control than a place like china?

  17. Explain which American Foundational Documents support the idea of American internet freedom.

  18. Explain whether a Federalist or an Anti-Federalist would, in general, be more concerned about the national government censoring the internet.

  19. In general, do you think the internet Increases or decreases american political freedom?

Visual Extension*

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Learning Extension

Open the interactive Freedom on the Net 2018 Map. Tour the world and find out about internet freedom in at least 3 countries.

Action Extension

Contact the Chinese embassy in the U.S. and let them know what you think about internet freedom.

Our World in Data Extension

Our Animals in Clothes Extension

Our random chart of the day that I dare you to try to connect to American politics Extension

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