A new report is making waves in India: According to tech company Top 10 VPN, internet shutdowns cost the country almost $2.8 billion in 2020. The high cost is a combination of the long hours (8,927 – also the highest in the report) and the many people (10.3 million) which internet shutdowns in India affected.
The estimated cost of restricting the internet puts the country way ahead of second-ranked Belarus, which is estimated to have lost the equivalent of $336 million. Despite widespread political protests in 2020, the country’s government only restricted internet access to its population for 218 hours.
Myanmar shut down the internet for almost as long as India in 2020. The country’s westernmost region Rakhine gained notoriety due to the persecution of the Rohingya people and has been experiencing the longest internet shutdown in history. Yet, due to the low number of people affected there (200,000), economic costs were only estimated at around $190 million.