Multiple Internet Disruptions Observed in Iran

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Over the past couple of weeks we have observed multiple incidents of artificial Internet limitations in Iran. These incidents are reported to be connected to local unrest. We collect data and analysis on Internet shutdown events occurring around the world, and look at the economic and human impact of these actions. Timeline Regional shutdowns On […]

Multiple Internet Disruptions Observed in Iran

New Report on the Impact of Internet Shutdowns to Prevent Cheating on Exams Launched

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A new report, Internet Shutdowns to Prevent Cheating During Exams: The Impact on Society and Economy in the MENA Region, has been launched today by SMEX, a Lebanese NGO that works to advance self-regulating information societies in the MENA region.  The report comes after another summer of Internet shutdowns throughout the region, which saw Internet […]

New Report on the Impact of Internet Shutdowns to Prevent Cheating on Exams Launched

The U.N Calls on States to Stop Shutting Down the Internet  

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The devastating real-life effects of Internet shutdowns on the lives and rights of millions of people are vastly under-appreciated and deserve much greater attention, says a new report on Internet shutdowns, published by The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN-OHCHR). Internet shutdowns create significant obstacles that damage economies, democratic processes, […]

The U.N Calls on States to Stop Shutting Down the Internet  

Why School Exams are Disrupting Everyone’s Internet Access

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Internet access is an essential part of life for many people around the globe – but not during the school exam period in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. This is the message that is conveyed by the ongoing disruption of Internet access for millions of people, in part or in full, to stop students cheating on public exams in several countries, including Syria, Sudan, Jordan, and Algeria. Often used as […]

Why School Exams are Disrupting Everyone’s Internet Access

Sudan: Exam Season 2022 Internet Shutdowns

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General entrance exams in Sudan took place from 11-22 June, 2022, and alongside them came Internet shutdowns implemented as a measure to combat cheating. As has occurred over the last few years, Internet access was disrupted for everyone, rendering Sudan out of reach from the world for a few hours on each day with scheduled […]

Sudan: Exam Season 2022 Internet Shutdowns

Syria: Exam Season 2022 Internet Shutdowns

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General entrance exams in Syria took place from 30 May – 21 June, 2022, and alongside them came Internet shutdowns implemented as a measure to combat cheating. As is the case since 2016, Internet access was disrupted for everyone, rendering Syria out of reach from the world for a few hours on each day with […]

Syria: Exam Season 2022 Internet Shutdowns

Opposing Shutdowns Proactively

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Several governments around the world turn to limiting or shutting down access to the Internet as an easy solution to quell potential local problems. In the past few years, we’ve noticed that Internet shutdowns occur around periods of local unrest, elections, or national school/university exams. We have also noticed that shutdowns rarely serve their purpose […]

Opposing Shutdowns Proactively

The Economic Impact of Internet Shutdowns

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One of the indicators we provide as part of our Insights platform is the economic cost of shutdowns. In our data, we rely on a tool developed with Netblocks.org, the Cost of Shutdown Tool (COST). The COST builds upon indicators from the World Bank, ITU, Eurostat and U.S. Census to estimate the economic impact of […]

The Economic Impact of Internet Shutdowns

Impact of Internet Shutdowns on Kashmiri Youth

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The Kashmir Observer has documented the impact of long-lived Internet shutdowns on the young people in Kashmir. As is clear from our map of the frequency of shutdown events, India is a repeat offender where Internet shutdowns are concerned. The political unrest in the Kashmir region has been used to justify the long-lived shutdown of […]

Impact of Internet Shutdowns on Kashmiri Youth
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