Investigating Internet Blackouts from the Edge of the Network: OONI’s new upcoming methodology

Imagine a day where the internet is shut down completely. You have to work, check the news, and communicate with your friends and family. All of a sudden, you can’t do any of that, because there simply is no internet. It feels like a strange form of time travel has taken place: you’re thrown several decades into the past, into a world without internet, but in one which has learned to heavily rely on it. And sometimes, you remain in that world for several days (or months, in the case of the anglophone region of Cameroon). None of this makes sense, and there’s no clear justification for it either.

This is the type of reality that millions of people around the world experience every year, when an internet blackout takes place in their region.

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Publisher: Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI)

Publication date: 4th April 2018

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