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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Government-imposed internet blackouts cost the global economy $8 billion in 2019, and 2020 could be even worse”. Below is an excerpt from the article.
Governments around the world are getting quicker and quicker to cut their citizens off from the internet, and according to new research, they're likely to get more trigger-happy.
According to a new report from Top 10 VPN, there were a total 122 major internet shutdowns around the world in 2019 — not counting a further 90 regional shutdowns imposed in India alone. This added up to a total of 18,225 hours, and included social media shutdowns as well as complete internet blackouts.
Internet shutdowns are a tool deployed by governments to quash civil disobedience amongst their citizens, and often go hand-in-hand with more sweeping — and sometimes brutal — government clampdowns.
Anti-government protests have been ongoing in Iraq since October 2019, when the government enforced internet blackouts. Murtadha Sudani/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Naturally the shutdowns hugely disrupt people's daily lives, and Top 10 VPN put a cash figure on this disruption. Using the Cost of Shutdown Tool developed by NGOs NetBlocks and The Internet Society, Top 10 VPN calculated that internet shutdowns cost the global economy $8.05 billion in 2019.
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