Internet shutdowns cost the global economy $8 billion last year, report says

Posted in: Censorship at 10/01/2020 20:00

More than 18,000 hours of internet shutdowns around the world caused by deliberate government action cost more than $8 billion in 2019, a new report estimates.

India, Chad and Myanmar were the worst offenders in terms of the amount of time the internet was disrupted, while Iraq was the most economically affected, losing an estimated $2.3 billion across 263 hours of internet blackouts and social media shutdowns.

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India’s top court has ordered the government to review all restrictions, including suspension of internet service, in Indian-controlled Kashmir within a week, saying the indefinite suspension of people’s rights had amounted to an abuse of power.

The supreme court also directed the Indian government to make public all orders imposing a lockdown in Kashmir in August after the constitution’s Article 370 granting Kashmir special status was revoked, said the Vrinda Grover, a human rights lawyer.

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