SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Reporters Without Borders released its annual ‘Enemies of the Internet‘ list and this year it appears that the Arab Spring has changed the face of online censorship.

KCBS’ Technology Analyst Larry Magid traveled to one of the countries on the list, Bahrain, two years ago. The list also includes China, Cuba, and North Korea.

Magid said they have also released a list of countries under surveillance that includes France and Australia.

KCBS’ Technology Analyst Reports:

Nations typically make it on the “Enemies of the Internet” list by restricting flow, in other words not letting people on the internet.

But Magid explained there are ways around even these government censors.

“There are people in North Korea who apparently can get access because they get near the Chinese border,” Magid said.

He added that in Egypt, people used dial-up connections when Hosni Mubarak cut off cellphone access before he was removed from power. And for the more technologically inclined, they can use proxies who can “tunnel you in” to the internet from any country in the world. Of course most people don’t know how to do that, but Magid said activists have.

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