What happens when the internet vanishes?

Governments and enemies alike know the power of the “off switch” for silencing opposition and fomenting unrest. How vulnerable are we, individually and collectively? – cPaul

By Joe Tidy & Becky Dale | 25 February 2020 | BBC News

A silhouetted man types on his phone in low light conditions

As the founder of technology innovation hub IceAddis, his co-working space is usually abuzz with wide-eyed entrepreneurs fuelled on strong coffee and big dreams.

But when the internet shuts down, everything is stopped in its tracks.

Data shared with the BBC by digital rights group Access Now, shows that last year services were deliberately shut down more than 200 times in 33 separate countries.

This includes, on one occasion, in the UK.

In April 2019 the British Transport Police shut down the wi-fi on London’s Tube network during a protest by climate change activists Extinction Rebellion.

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See also Government Shut Down the Internet Hundreds of times in 2019 @ futurism.com

About cPaul

"He never amounted to anything". - Father "Who the hell does he think he is"? - Mother "Smart as a bag of hammers". - Teacher "Condescending". Former Boss "Mom loves me more". - Brother
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