How sub-Saharan Africa lost $2.16 billion to Internet censorship

17 January 2020

Internet

Around the world, many nations adopt a more conscious stance where the rights to privacy and access to information are concerned. Mostly motivated by the power of the Internet to initiate unprecedented change over a short period of time, the dissemination of and access to the world’s information has become infinitely easier.

 

The freedom gained also comes with the courage of said citizens to challenge the status quo laid down by authoritarian governments, some of which have been in the seat of power for decades. In a bid to retain control, these governments try to contain protests that threaten their hold on power by curbing the influence nationals have as a result of access to the Internet and social media.

 

In a new report conducted by Top10VPN, the global economic cost of government-motivated Internet and social media shutdowns came to $8.05 billion in 2019 alone, with $2.16 billion of that originating from sub-Saharan Africa.

 

The national Gross Domestic Products (GDPs) of the countries involved were taken into account. Also, tools such as the Internet Society’s Cost of Shutdown Tool based on the Brookings Institution method were applied. Read the full article on TechPoint here.