Internet Kill Switch: Risks and Aims of Government-Imposed Internet Shutdowns

Global Risk Intel | Sep 4, 2019

Governments have flipped the internet kill switch and utilized network shutdowns for various purposes as early as 2005. Since the Arab Spring revolution in the Middle East and North Africa in 2010 and 2011, government-imposed internet shutdowns have become a popular tool to control the behavior and communication of their citizens. In fact, temporary internet shutdowns have been
activated in authoritarian as well as democratic states. Digital rights activists and opponents of the internet kill switch criticize far-reaching internet blackouts as a method to control civil dissent and govern a country’s political narrative.

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