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The Cost of Internet Shutdowns

This blogpost explains the costs of internet shutdowns during exams in the Arabic-speaking region. It is part of a SMEX campaign on the harms of this practice on the internet, economy and people’s lives.  Internet shutdowns happen when an entity, such as a government or a non-state actor, intentionally disrupts the functioning of the internet. …

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Lost Telecommunications Amidst Belligerent Groups in Northeast Syria

In areas such as North and East Syria, internet sources are becoming increasingly limited and difficult to come by. Against the backdrop of anarchy, war, threats of extremist organizations and complex power struggles plaguing the region, lack of internet access has become another critical problem to be addressed. After protests broke out in 2011 and …

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