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The Freest Country in the World

In an otherwise excellent post from Jonathan Zdziarski, this stuck out as a glaring error:

How can the freest country in the world, a beacon for those in oppressive countries, lay down their speech, their privacy, their identities over a dead terrorist’s iPhone?

There is no evidence to suggest that the U.S.A. is the freest country in the world. Based on this report1 the U.S.A. is seventh.

On strong encryption in particular, the Netherlands has got it spot on.

  1. Published by Canada’s Fraser Institute, Germany’s Liberales Institut, and the U.S. Cato Institute in late 2012. ↩︎