Iraq protest November 2019

The Global Cost of Internet Shutdowns in 2019

Our report analyzes every major internet shutdown around the world in 2019 and reveals this growing trend cost the global economy over $8BN last year.

Samuel Woodhams
Simon Migliano
By Samuel Woodhams & Simon Migliano
Contesting the Legality of Internet Shutdowns

Contesting the Legality of Internet Shutdowns

As the number of internet shutdowns around the world continue to rise, so do the legal challenges made against them.

Samuel Woodhams
By Samuel Woodhams
People in front of an Apple Store in Beijing

In China, Apple Isn’t the Privacy Advocate It Claims to Be

Though Apple promotes itself as a tech company that cares about privacy, it is steadily acquiescing to censorship requests from the Chinese government

Nithin Coca
By Nithin Coca
Mauritania In Near-Total Internet Shutdown After Alleged Stolen Election

Mauritania In Near-Total Internet Shutdown After Alleged Stolen Election

Following a weekend of contentious presidential elections, Mauritania has gone almost completely offline.

Samuel Woodhams
By Samuel Woodhams
People voting in Kashmir general election amid internet shutdowns

In Parts of India, Internet Shutdowns Are a Fact of Life

Fears of a censored internet are rising, as the government cites fake news and unlawful content in blocking internet access.

Megha Bahree
By Megha Bahree
Chengdu downtown near Tianfu Square in China

State of Play: Internet Censorship in China

The Great Firewall is unique in its scope and sophistication, but the true strength of China’s censorship system lies in its government, not its technological prowess.

Amy Hawkins
By Amy Hawkins
Map of African Continent with Benin Flag

Benin Internet Blocked On Election Day

Up to 99% of internet access blocked in the West African country for 15-hour period.

Samuel Woodhams
By Samuel Woodhams
Sri Lanka Old Parliament Building

Sri Lankan Government Blocks Social Media Sites Following Church and Hotel Bombings

Affected platforms include Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram

Samuel Woodhams
By Samuel Woodhams
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

ISPs in Egypt Block 34,000 Websites in Attempts to Quash Government Opposition Campaign Platform

The websites seem unrelated to the campaign

Samuel Woodhams
By Samuel Woodhams
Top10VPN and Open Rights Group UK ISP Blocked Websites Report Header

ISP Website Blocks: How Bad are the UK’s Web Filters?

Our study of UK ISP website blocks reveals charity, school and social support websites are among thousands of sites wrongfully blocked by overzealous content filters.

Simon Migliano
By Simon Migliano
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