Network Shutdowns & Blocking

​New Report Reveals the Economic Costs of Internet Shutdowns

Governments who disrupt the Internet could be shaving off 1.9 percent of their daily GDP. Read more for the full report.

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 06:17

Global Network Initiative Concerned by Internet Shutdown in Ethiopia

Reports show the Ethiopian Government blocked Internet access amid escalating anti-government protests.

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 18:51

Once Again, Brazilian Judge Orders WhatsApp Block

GNI is alarmed by yet another order to block the WhatsApp messaging service across Brazil.

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 15:40

Global Network Initiative and Telecommunications Industry Dialogue Joint Statement on Network and Service Shutdowns

The Global Network Initiative and the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue are deeply concerned by the increasing number of government orders to shut down or restrict access to communication networks and related services around the world.
Tue, 07/12/2016 - 08:07

GNI Concerned About Internet Slowdowns After Ankara Tragedy

The GNI urges the Turkish government to adhere to its international human rights commitments and to ensure that any restrictions on freedom of expression meet the thresholds of legality, necessity, and proportionality set out in Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 10:01

GNI Expresses Concern Over the Arrest of a Facebook Executive in Brazil.

Local staff working in many countries may be increasingly targeted for arrest or intimidation in cases where they are involved in the provision of encrypted services.

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 09:06

GNI condemns Election Day shutdowns of social media in Uganda

The GNI is alarmed by reports that the government of Uganda has ordered mobile operators to block access to social media platforms and mobile money services during its presidential election. Shutdowns of these vital services chill free expression, cut off individuals from relatives and restrict access to vital information and services.

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 13:57

Shutdowns and intimidation ahead of the 5th anniversary of the 2011 Egyptian uprising

The Global Network Initiative is concerned about the shutdown of communications platforms, and the intimidation of citizens and journalists for using social media.

Sun, 01/24/2016 - 14:30

The GNI Expresses Concern over Suspension of Messaging Service in Brazil

A Brazilian court’s decision instituted a nation-wide blocking of the WhatsApp messaging service on December 17. The GNI urges the Brazilian government to adhere to international human rights standards on free expression and privacy and to refrain from blocking access to communications platforms.

Fri, 12/18/2015 - 14:13

GNI in Slate: Network Shutdowns Go Beyond Syria

On May 7 at 3 p.m., for the second time in six months, Syria’s connection to the global Internet was severed.

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 09:35


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