Internet outages by Myanmar’s navy junta to curb nationwide protests over a coup in 2021 price the nation $2.8 billion, the most important losses on the earth, in response to a research.
The Southeast Asian nation topped 21 international locations that disrupted the web for a complete 30,179 hours final yr, resulting in world losses of $5.5 billion — up 36% from 2020. Nigeria and India adopted Myanmar, a report from UK-based digital privateness and safety analysis group Top10VPN confirmed Tuesday.
Nigeria misplaced $1.5 billion in 2021 and India, the world’s largest democracy that had topped the checklist in 2020, misplaced $583 million. Governments managed the move of knowledge by complete web blackouts and social media blocks, or by throttling speeds to ranges the place something past easy text-based communication turns into not possible.
Twitter was essentially the most blocked social media platform with a complete 12,379 hours of outages, adopted by Fb, WhatsApp, Instagram and YouTube, in response to the report.
Based mostly on instruments developed by Netblocks and advocacy teams The Internet Society and The Collaboration on Worldwide ICT Coverage in East and Southern Africa, the report calculates losses utilizing indicators from the World Financial institution, The Worldwide Telecommunication Union, Eurostat and the US Census.
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