Archive | Internet Shutdown

Afrin under the Turkish and Free Syrian Army bombardment. March 14, 2018. (YPG spokesperson)

Message from Afrin: We Can’t Wait for a Shutdown to Condemn Network Disruptions in Times of War

Update: On Sunday, March 18, 2018, the Turkish forces and their Free Syrian Army allies seized control of Afrin. No one we contacted in the aftermath of the reported a network disruption. Nonetheless, preemptive warnings can raise awareness about these disruptions before they occur and Turkey could still use this tactic in the future. As Turkish […]

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Internet Shutdown in Yemen: Recurring Disruptions Threaten Civilian Safety, Human Rights, and Press Freedom

On Thursday night, the Houthis, the northern Yemen-based insurgent group in control of most of Sana’a since 2015, completely shut down the internet for close to 30 minutes. Earlier in the day, the group took measures to disrupt and limit access to the internet for the second time in one week. These measures violate the […]

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A view of the northeastern town of Arsal near the Syrian border, October 2016. (Nabil Hassan)

Two Years of Collective Punishment: Mobile Data Remains Inaccessible to Arsal Residents

للقراءة باللغة العربية Update: Mobile internet was restored in Arsal in September 2017, over three years after it was cut off, according to Arsal residents SMEX contacted. We have attempted to reach both mobile operators Alfa and touch to request more information about the resumption of mobile internet services in the town, but neither company […]

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