Internet: state-prescribed blackouts in india

Internet: state-prescribed blackouts in India

On the 18th. Marz was tested in Srinagar, the big city in the Himalayan Cashmere region, the first person’s positive on Covid-19. The Burgermeister called for all inhabitants to stay at home. But the message was hardly distributed, because the Indian government had a communication lock in August 2019 in cashmere to suffocate political unrest in the region. There was no mobile Internet until January 2020, no broadband, no landline and no cable television – the longest internet blackout that has ever given in the democratic world. In January she rested the internet connection in parts, but ban the use of social media.

The doctor Omar Salim Akhtar at the Medical University in Srinagar describes the situation in the clinics as helpless. The health personnel asked people who were outer cashmere on the road, to download medical guidelines and print out cashmere. Although Amnesty International called for the government on the day following the first diagnosed Coronafall in the Coronant Valley to fully releases the Internet connections, but without success.

The Indian government justifies its interference with the freedom of communication with the political situation in Kashmir. The Internet locks and throttles of the speeds are necessary to get peace in the region. Cashmere is located on the border between India and Pakistan. There it comes regularly to violence. Some cashmere that supports an independence movement benefit social media to organize itself. The government in Delhi relies on the fact that regardless of the independence will come to succession without these communication problems – but the movement was already decades before social media flashed.

But even in other parts of the country, the government regularly switches off the Internet. Users reported 134 Internet blackouts this year in more than half a dozen Indian states, 2019 it was 106 in more than ten states. Hundreds of millions of people were affected. India, a democracy, thus keeping the global shutdown record – before China, Iran and Venezuela.

COVID-19 has slowed the clock of shutdowns this year, but still Spurt Omar Salim Akhtar the consequences: on 19. May, about two months after the outbreak of the pandemic, the doctor fell the operating room and reached for his mobile phone, but he could neither load his e-mails, nor phone calls. To stay up to date with the latest research results and the appropriate treatment of his patients, it was almost completely dependent on others. Now himself was his phone useless. The whole world is located in the middle of a phased crisis and cashmere doctors are cut off from all sources of information.

You liked more about the consequences of the Indian Black-Out Strategy and the current splinter of the World Wide Web? In our new November edition of Technology Review (conservationally assisted in the well-stocked journal trade and in the heise shop), we look at the hot spots in the world and question whether Europe needs its own internet.

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