The report, conducted by Top10VPN, looked at Internet holidays in 122 countries and was based on Netblocks and The Internet Society support team.
“From an economic point of view, holidays affect not only the global but also the local economy, especially in less developed countries. They can also be lasting damage with the loss of investor confidence and the mismanagement development, which make our estimates conservative, "said Top10VPN researchers Samuel Woodhams and Simon Migliano.
"From a human rights standpoint, these disruptions clearly affect citizens' freedom of expression and the right to information and may even lead to increased violence."
Over the last five years, there has been a steady increase in internet vacations worldwide. In the past vacations were rare and mainly due to damage. But now it is usually the result of government actions that try to control the various protests.
Such tactics were not limited to authoritarian regimes. India, for example, cut off supply Internet for citizens partially or completely, more than 100 times in 2019.
An interruption in Kashmir, India, which has lasted for 158 days, is the biggest that has happened in a democratic state, according to Access Now, a defense group that monitors internet freedom. Only its authoritarian governments China and the Myanmar junta have been denied access for a longer period.
David Kaye, the UN's special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, described the continuing disruption as a "communications siege" and "collective punishment without even alleging a crime".
Chinese censorship is generally quite sophisticated, so the authorities do not need to use this particular way to control the public, since they can do so by simply filtering what they can see and discuss online.
Indeed, the success of Chinese cyber censorship has probably inspired other countries to follow suit, although in many cases online breaks may violate rights guaranteed by the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international treaties. The United Nations also reaffirmed the responsibility of Member States to protect people's access to the internet and freedom of expression on the internet.
In the Top10VPN report, Woodhams and Migliano warned that "despite their negative impact on the world economy, human rights and democratic processes, there is insufficient evidence that the Internet will be stopped in 2020."
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