Laws of the Land: With 60 Internet regulations and a rumored 30,000-strong virtual police force, China may hold the crown for the country with the strictest Internet laws. Its "Great Firewall" blocks most outlets for free expression (Facebook, Google), as well as banning content presenting dissenting opinions. Microsoft’s Chinese blog service even blocks the word "democracy" from appearing on blog titles. Internet cafes also monitor every keystroke, and records all chats, online gaming, and email activity.

Penalties: Offenders and activists can expect to be sentenced to jail, sometimes without a trial, and heavily fined. Publishing offensive content leads to a fine of up to $1800. Rumors still circulate that torture and forced labor occur as well.