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Internet Shutdowns Dangerous for Democracies, Should Be Stopped Immediately, Says UN

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– The United Nations called on countries not to shut down the Internet,
– You may have to face serious consequences.
The report says that the life and human rights of millions of people will be affected due to the internet shutdown.
– The United Nations Office of Rights (UN rights office) wants to take action against the Internet shutdown.

The United Nations called on countries not to shut down the Internet,

The UN called on countries to stop imposing internet shutdowns or disruptions, warning Thursday that they can have dire and even deadly consequences.

In a fresh report, the UN rights office warned that “the dramatic real-life effects of shutdowns on the lives and human rights of millions of people are vastly underappreciated.”

You may have to face serious consequences.

“Hospitals being unable to contact their doctors in cases of emergency, voters being deprived of information about candidates, handicraft makers being cut off from customers, and… peaceful protesters who fall under violent attack being unable to call for help” can be just some of the impacts when internet and telecommunications services shut down, it said.

  • Internet shutdowns exist on a spectrum and include everything from complete blackouts (where online connectivity is fully severed) or disruptions of mobile service to throttling or slowing down connections to selectively blocking certain platforms. Some internet shutdowns last a few days or weeks, while others persist for months or even years.
  • Inherent in the definition of internet shutdowns is that they are timebound and contain fixed start and end dates. But in many countries, short-term internet disruptions are morphing into longer-term controls, bringing definitional confusion as to whether these restrictions still qualify as shutdowns or whether they are more properly understood as permanent limitations on internet access.

The United Nations Office of Rights (UN rights office) wants to take action against the Internet shutdown.

  • This underlines a growing trend: internet blackouts, where governments order internet service providers (ISPs) to fully disconnect online access for a particular geographic region or throughout a country, will become decreasingly common in the future. Instead, governments will use more precise blocking methods to deny access to specific websites, internet services, or communications platforms, while avoiding widespread service disruptions.
  • Activists and politicians have called for the United States to deploy satellite internet or floating Wi-Fi balloons to restore internet access during other countries’ shutdowns, such as during Cuba’s 2021 internet blackout. Unfortunately, these tools are rarely practical nor workable for both technical and political reasons. But other tools are available to citizens that bring a high degree of effectiveness:

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