Whenever authoritarian regimes around the world try to control the populace by disrupting internet access, people turn to Virtual Private Network (VPN) services in order to circumvent restrictions. These anti-censorship tools are often the only way for people affected by social media blocks to communicate with each other during the upheavals that often accompany such measures.
We routinely monitor fluctuations in global VPN demand as part of our day-to-day work. We will use that data to update this page whenever we identify a significant surge that correlates with social or political events.
Unless noted otherwise, our method for calculating demand increases is to compare the elevated period with the average over the previous 30 days.