Internet Shutdowns

An Internet shutdown is an intentional disruption of Internet-based communication, making it inaccessible or unavailable in a specific location. Restrictions to Internet access are on the rise globally, with frequent news of government-mandated disruptions of Internet access. Driven largely by political and national security concerns, state-ordered Internet shutdowns have become the ‘new normal’ in many countries. 

Internet Society Pulse curates information about Internet shutdown events occurring around the world, and looks at the economic and human impact of these actions. Data on regional and national scale disruptions to Internet connectivity is included, as well as on application-level blocking and content blocking (where Internet connectivity remains available but access to certain websites or applications is limited).

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