What Are the Cons of Internet Censorship?

The cons of Internet censorship include limiting the freedom of speech, limiting people's access to information that can help them develop their lives, giving too much power to the government and violations of basic human rights. Censoring the Internet means that a society has a limited ability to make advancements in its understanding of the world.

Several countries in the world censor the Internet to various extents. Some of them have a moderate approach to censoring the Internet, but others, such as Bahrain, North Korea, China, Turkmenistan, Cuba and Iran limit access to information altogether. Some of the methods through which governments apply censorship include IP address blocking, network disconnection, computer network attacks, content removal and more.