Countries in Sub-Sahara Africa lost a combined $1.93 billion (about N$30.88 billion) from their economies because of widespread internet shutdowns by regimes, as demonstrations and crackdowns on opposition and civic society ensued last year. The Global Cost of Internet Shutdowns 2021 report also shows that 75% of government (global) internet outages were associated with additional human rights abuses, an increase of almost 80% compared with 2020, while 69% of all internet disruptions were associated with restrictions on freedom of assembly, 29% with election interference, and 29% with infringements on freedom of the press.
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