Special Report

Countries Where the Government Shuts Down the Internet

Methodology

To determine the countries where the government shuts down the internet, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data on internet shutdowns from the digital civil rights non-profit Access Now’s The Return Of Digital Authoritarianism, Internet shutdowns in 2021. Countries were ranked based on the number of reported government-imposed internet shutdowns in 2021. In the case of a tie, the country with the larger populations was ranked higher. 

Only countries with at least two reported government-imposed shutdowns in 2021 were included. Supplemental data on the percentage of individuals using the internet, the number of fixed broadband subscriptions per capita, and the total population are from the World Bank and are for 2020.

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