Governments shut down the internet more often than ever, report says

March 01, 2023

© Dar Yasin/AP A majority of India’s internet suspensions in 2022 were logged in Indian-administered Kashmir. More countries shut down the internet in 2022 than ever before, according to a new report by digital rights researchers, as the threat of “digital authoritarianism” races up the agenda of many governments worldwide. Authorities in 35 countries instituted internet shutdowns at least 187 times, according to the New York-based digital rights watchdog Access Now. Telephone networks in the area were reported to be back online following a truce agreed to in November, but Access Now noted in February that internet access was still slow or degraded. The military junta that retook power in Myanmar after a 2021 coup has also instituted sweeping internet suspensions across the country.