In 2020, India topped list of 29 countries that blocked access to the internet despite increased demand during COVID-19
…. according to a new report published by Access Now, a non-profit digital rights group,…. Authorities in India shut down the internet 109 times over the course of 2020, mostly in Indian-administered Kashmir, which accounted for almost 90 percent of all internet shutdowns in India last year.
From January 2020 till February of this year, the internet in Indian-administered Kashmir was throttled to 2G, making life very difficult for many students in the state who had been moved to remote learning as a result of COVID-19.
“We weren’t able to attend our online classes regularly,” said Bazillah Ayoub, 24, a student at the Model Institute of Engineering and Technology in Jammu…. Internet shutdowns in Indian-administered Kashmir are a regular occurrence, with authorities citing precautionary measures as the main justification. “Shutdowns are used to suppress voices of dissent,” said youth activist Kanwal Singh, 30….