Internet Shutdowns


24 June, 2023 01:00 - 05:30 (4 hours)

Local Impact

Iraq experienced its third Internet shutdown on 24 June 2023, in a new series of exam-related shutdowns ordered by government authorities to curb cheating during high school exams period. Shutdowns are expected into next week.

As we have repeatedly written about here on Pulse, Internet shutdowns cause great harm to a country’s economy and society and are in our opinion NOT the appropriate mechanism to cope with potential exam cheating.

Data and Analysis

Cloudflare Radar shows the shutdown on 24 June, the third in this series of exam-related shutdowns.

Chart from Cloudflare Radar showing the Internet shutdown in Iraq on 25 June.

IODA measurements show a similar drop to the previous shutdowns, beginning at 01:00 and ending at 05:30 (UTC).

Chart from IODA showing drop in BGP visibility and Google search