Internet Shutdowns


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

Local Impact

Iraq has again experienced an exam-related Internet shutdown, the seventh such scheduled shut down by the government since 1 June 2023.

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

Like the previous shutdowns, Cloudflare Radar measurements show the shutdown beginning around 01:00 UTC on Thursday, 15 June 2023.

Chart from Cloudflare Radar showing the Internet shutdown in Iraq on 15 June.
Chart from Cloudflare Radar showing the Internet shutdowns in Iraq from 1 June.

IODA measurements show a similar drop from 01:00 to 05:30 (UTC).

Chart from IODA showing measurements of Internet connectivity and the drop during the shutdown period.