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India lost over $1.3 billion to internet shutdowns in 2019

Updated : January 14, 2020 10:33 PM IST

India lost around $1.3 billion to internet blackouts in 2019. The country recorded third-highest losses due to internet shutdown after Iraq ($2.31 billion) and Sudan ($1.86 billion).

Over 100 internet shutdowns were documented in India in 2019 lasting over 4,000 hours. States that were affected the most included Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya.

Jammu and Kashmir faced internet blackout post abrogation of Article 370, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan during Supreme Court’s ruling on Ayodhya and north-eastern states during protests against Citizenship Amendment Act.

The data was analysed by top10vpn, a UK-based digital privacy and security research group. As per top10vpn's 'the global cost of internet shutdowns in 2019' report, internet blackouts cost the global economy $8 billion in 2019.

WhatsApp saw the highest number of shutdowns (6,236 hours) followed by Facebook (6,208 hours), Instagram (6,193 hours) Twitter (5,860 hours) and YouTube (684 hours).
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