Following the tragic terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka earlier this year that killed over 250 people, the government blocked popular social media platforms and messaging apps in an attempt to prevent the spread of misinformation online. However, the ban not only blocked misinformation, it also prevented the spread of reliable and potentially life-saving information.
Large-scale network disruptions are quickly becoming the standard response by governments looking to maintain control during periods of volatility and confusion. In the past two months alone, there have been internet restrictions in Indonesia, Sudan, and Venezuela, among others.
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