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What does Ethiopia lose when the internet is cut off?

Net Block, an internet rights group, reported on June 11, 2019, that Ethiopia’s internet has been totally cut off as of 7:30 a.m. UTC 11 June 2019. Ethiopian authorities have blocked internet access across the country in a move to preserve the integrity of national exams currently underway.  The sole telecom operator, Ethio Telecom, data show that connectivity from the operator has been disconnected at a record time. The Grade 10 and 12 exams are for university entrance purposes and also for enrollment into national vocational courses. Thousands of students take the exams annually usually between late May and June. The shutdown is aimed at preventing a repeat of leaks that occurred last year. 

There are usually exceptions in the event of such blackouts with diplomatic and international institutions, banks and top hospitality outfits still having access to a connection. Across Africa, internet blackouts are increasingly becoming popular especially for political reasons. Sudan has blocked internet amid a transition flux whiles Liberia blocked it in the wake of anti-government protests.


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