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Knee-jerk shutdowns

India has a dubious record of net disruptions

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Internet shutdown | Internet services in India | Indian democracy

Business Standard Editorial Comment  |  New Delhi 



India in 2020 maintained its dubious record as the country with the largest number of internet shutdowns. The nation suffered a loss of $2.8 billion as a result, which is around 68 per cent of global economic losses due to such disruptions. Events in January 2021 make it likely that the 2020 record will be exceeded. According to 10VPN, an independent research group focused on digital privacy, the global economy suffered $4.1 billion in economic losses in 2020 due to government-mandated internet shutdowns. The country with the highest number and longest durations of shutdowns was India, which imposed 121 stoppages (Venezuela was second with 12 shutdowns). The 10VPN conclusions are backed by reports from many other researchers from the UN, Brookings Institution, etc.

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First Published: Sun, January 31 2021. 22:22 IST

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