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Cost of Internet shutdowns estimated at over two billion

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Cost of Internet shutdowns estimated at over two billion

The report by the Brooking Institution arrives at the figure by examining the assessed impact of internet shutdowns on the GDP in countries where shutdowns or restrictions took place. As the methodology excluded other related factors, such as lost tax revenues and impact on worker productivity, the report says the $2.4 billion figure could be an understatement of the true economic damage.

DW.COM lists the typical reasons governments give for internet shutdowns, debunking them one by one. For instance, when governments may claim that they’re acting in the interest of national security, but people end up feeling less secure as they’re not able to get information on what is going on, and cannot connect to emergency services or their loved ones.

Internet shutdowns are regrettably common in Africa: Le Point Afrique provides more information about the reasons and effects of its use in the continent.

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Teemu Henriksson

Date

2016-10-26 12:57

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