Watchdog group Reporters Without Borders published its 2014 Enemies of the Internet list this month and the good old stars and stripes has now joined the ranks of regulars like North Korea and China.
The report highlights large issues and talking points, and mentions the spying of the National Security Agency as one of the U.S.’s chief transgressions, alongside similar spying efforts by the U.K.’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).
“The NSA and GCHQ have spied on the communications of millions of citizens including many journalists,” the group reported. “They have knowingly introduced security flaws into devices and software used to transmit requests on the Internet. And they have hacked into the very heart of the Internet using programmes such as the NSA’s Quantam Insert and GCHQ’s Tempora. The Internet was a collective resource that the NSA and GCHQ turned into a weapon in the service of special interests, in the process flouting freedom of information, freedom of expression and the right to privacy.”