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Internet shutdowns harm access to information, freedom of expression & economic growth

Internet shutdowns are an increasingly common tool by governments to restrict dialogue, debate, online organizing, and information dissemination. Internet shutdowns have been occurring in countries across the globe, such as Zimbabwe, China, Myanmar, Chad, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo and India.

Internet shutdowns both harm economic growth as well as people's rights to freedom of expression and access to information. In 2018, Access Now tracked 196 internet shutdowns worldwide. The Software Freedom Law Centre tracks internet shutdowns in India on this interactive map.

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