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Ireland 20th of 86 in web freedom

Ireland has come 20th in a new list ranking 86 countries according to their internet freedom. The list was compiled by The World Wide Web Foundation, which was created by Web founder Sir Tim Berners Lee.

The Web Index 2014 is designed to highlight issues of censorship, discrimination and commercial interference in web access. Denmark ranked first for freedom.

Ireland achieved an overall score of 78pc on metrics chosen to indicate the quality and freedom of Web access.

However, it only scored 58pc for "empowerment", which was lower than most other EU countries.

"The Web can be a great leveller, but only if we hardwire the rights to privacy, freedom of expression, affordable access and net neutrality," said Sir Tim Berners-Lee.