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What we like: Guardian's Battle for the Internet series

This week, the "Guardian" launches a seven-day series on the challenges to the open Internet. Is it problematic that the net is essentially Facebook for many? What do SOPA, PIPA and ACTA mean for you? And where do you stand in the open v. closed debate? Battle for the Internet tackles these issues, and more.

We especially liked their interactive map, which displays the degree of government control over the Internet (rated from 0 to 4 in four categories) for 74 countries. Not surprisingly, Iran and China are the worst for "pervasive" government interference.

Plus, the "Guardian" has translated some of the articles for non-English speakers whose home countries might also be facing challenges to the open Internet. For instance, Monday's articles, under the section "The new cold war," include a story in Mandarin on how microbloggers battle Chinese internet censorship, an Estonian-language piece on how the country has embraced the web and an article in Russian on the Kremlin's attitude to the "Western" Internet.

Also not to be missed: interviews with Internet bigwigs: Google founder Sergey Brin says web freedom faces the greatest threat ever, from governments trying to control citizens or from the rise of Facebook and Apple-style "walled gardens."

Credited with inventing the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee argues that extending the state's surveillance powers, such as through the proposed U.K. snooping law, would be a "destruction of human rights."

Make sure you also test your own stance on open media. Take the quiz to find out if you are more like Apple CEO Tim Cook or CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America Chris Dodd when it comes to piracy and copyright.

Check it out now, here.

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