India accounted for most number of intentional internet shutdowns in South Asia 2017-18: UNESCO
- 82 out of 97
internetshutdowns in South Asiawere enforced by the Indian government.
- 5 out of 6 of the biggest shutdowns came from the country.da
- Internet shutdowns are increasing around the world.
The report states that Internet slowdowns and shutdowns around the world are increasing and have become a barrier to the freedom and expression of the press. It describes internet shutdowns as “any intentional disruption of the broadband or mobile internet or internet-based mobile apps, by an order of the authorities or threat of non-state party, to control communication or online content or slowing down the access to the general public.”
Essentially, authorities can disrupt the flow of information online and other internet-based services when they need to control communication, thereby hindering the public’s freedom of expression.
However, the report does state that many of the occurrences were “preemptive” or “reactive”, to prevent “mass or potentially violent public protests”.
Out of 97 instances mentioned in the report, 82 were witnessed by India and nearly half of them were reported in the country’s
India also accounted for five out of six of the biggest instances of internet shutdowns.