Source: Business Insider
A new report on global internet shutdowns found there were 122 major shutdowns in 2019, and in total they cost the world economy roughly $8 billion. Internet shutdowns are frequently used to clamp down on civil unrest, particularly during protests and national elections. The countries hardest hit by the economic cost of internet shutdowns in 2019 were Iraq, Sudan, India, and Venezuela. One of the report’s authors told Business Insider there is good reason to think the number of shutdowns will continue to rise in 2020. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. 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.