Gov't Internet Shutdowns Called Disruptive, Dangerous

Governments pay a significant price when they disrupt access and connectivity to the Internet because such shutdowns undermine economic growth, jeopardize lives, and erode confidence, Brookings Institution said in a study. Between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016, 81 temporary internet blackouts in 19 countries cost those economies at least $2.4 billion, Darrell M. West, director of governance studies and founding director of Brookings’ Center for Technology Innovation, wrote in the report.