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Percentage of Americans in November who believed the government was censoring news from the war in Afghanistan: 59

Percentage of Americans in November who believed the government was censoring news from the war in Afghanistan: 59

Percentage of these Americans who thought such censorship was “a good idea”: 80

Percentage of these Americans who thought such censorship was “a good idea”: 80

Chance that a citizen of Pakistan believes that Internet access free of government censorship is important

Chance that a citizen of Pakistan believes that Internet access free of government censorship is important

Chances an American believes “the next generation will enjoy less personal freedom”: 1 in 2

Chances an American believes “the next generation will enjoy less personal freedom”: 1 in 2

Estimated number of “objectionable” Web pages to which Microsystems’ Cyber Patrol program blocks access: 3,000,000

Estimated number of “objectionable” Web pages to which Microsystems’ Cyber Patrol program blocks access: 3,000,000

Average number of Freedom of Information Act requests filed each day last year: 1,644

Average number of Freedom of Information Act requests filed each day last year: 1,644

Percentage of these filed by companies seeking information about government contracts and regulatory loopholes: 75

Percentage of these filed by companies seeking information about government contracts and regulatory loopholes: 75

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