Publication Date: March 2020
Research and Editorial Team: Berhan Taye of Access Now

This #KeepItOn report looks at incidents of internet shutdowns in 2019. Data relies on technical measurement as well as contextual information, such as news reports or personal accounts.

There may be cases of internet shutdowns that have gone unnoticed or unreported, and numbers are likely to change if and when new information becomes available.

The #KeepItOn campaign unites and organizes the global effort to end internet shutdowns. The coalition is growing rapidly, and so far 210 organizations from 75 countries around the world — ranging from research centers to rights and advocacy groups, detection networks, foundations, and media organizations — have joined the movement.

This report is a publication of Access Now for the #KeepItOn coalition and was written by Berhan Taye with the collaboration of Access Now’s team.

From Bolivia to Malawi, India, Sudan, and beyond, 2019 was a difficult year, online and off. The #KeepItOn coalition has documented an increase in internet shutdowns1in 2019, as well as a trend toward sustained and prolonged shutdowns, and targeted internet shutdowns.

There were at least five incidents of internet shutdowns in Europe attributed to Russia and the United Kingdom. While the United Kingdom is a new perpetrator, Russia has previously shut down the internet on numerous occasions.

Tags: Digital safety

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