NetBlocks and the Internet Society launch tool to calculate the cost of Internet censorship worldwide

Posted in: Censorship at 12/12/2018 22:06

The civil society group, NetBlocks, and the Internet Society, a global non-profit organisation dedicated to the open development, use and evolution of the Internet, have partnered up to build a tool to better measure the cost of Internet disruptions.

The Cost of Shutdown Tool (COST) launches today and estimates the economic impact of Internet shutdowns, mobile data blackouts and social media restrictions including throttling. The tool allows calculation by country, services and length of time.

“This novel tool will empower the next stage of data-driven advocacy. By calculating numbers in real time, COST will allows us to communicate to governments and technology companies on how much revenue they’re losing when they disrupt the Internet. We hope by the tool will make governments think twice before threatening Internet freedom, ” Hannah Machlin, Global Advocacy Manager for the NetBlocks Group, said.

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