Why geoblocking means the web is no longer worldwide

Internet content is heavily censored in some countries Image: REUTERS/Susana Vera

Allison McDonald

Ph.D. Student in Computer Science, , University of Michigan


The Big Picture
Explore and monitor how Geo-economics is affecting economies, industries and global issues
Crowdsource Innovation
Get involved with our crowdsourced digital platform to deliver impact at scale

Stay up to date:


When a website blocks access, it sometimes delivers a notice saying so Image: Screenshot from, CC BY-ND
The notice users receive when Amazon Cloudfront is configured to block access from their country. Image: CC BY-ND
Cloudflare’s notification that the owner of a website has banned the country or region a user’s IP address is in. Image: CC BY-ND

License and Republishing

World Economic Forum articles may be republished in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public License, and in accordance with our Terms of Use.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author alone and not the World Economic Forum.

Related topics:

Geo-economicsThe Digital EconomyFuture of Media, Entertainment and SportSocial Innovation


Global Agenda

The Agenda Weekly

A weekly update of the most important issues driving the global agenda


You can unsubscribe at any time using the link in our emails. For more details, review our privacy policy.

Can the world avoid a recession? Top economics stories to read this week
About Us
Partners & Members
Language Editions

Privacy Policy & Terms of Service

© 2022 World Economic Forum