Study: Governments shut down Internet more than 50 times in 2016

Study: Governments shut down Internet more than 50 times in 2016

[Ed. – Darn good thing the U.S. has relinquished control of ICANN to these folks.]

United Nations: Governments around the world shut down the internet more than 50 times in 2016 – suppressing elections, slowing economies and limiting free speech.

In the worst cases internet shutdowns have been associated with human rights violations, Deji Olukotun, senior global advocacy manager at digital rights organisation Access Now told IPS.

“What we have found is that internet shutdowns go hand in hand with atrocities,” said Olukotun. …

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According to a recent Brookings Institute paper, internet shutdowns cost countries $2.4 billion in 2015.

The biggest losses were in India, $968 million, Saudi Arabia, $465 million and Morocco which lost $320 million. According to Brookings these are conservative estimates which only take into account reductions in economic activity and not tax losses or drops in investor confidence.

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