What's the real impact of internet shutdowns? | Inside Story

The internet and other communication tools have become a crucial part of our everyday lives.

But what happens when governments shut them down…or impose severe restrictions?

A report by the UN Human Rights Office says those actions have severe consequences and their impact has been ‘vastly underestimated’.

It says the impact of such action has had a negative effect on people’s lives.

So, what should be done to prevent such blackouts?

Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra

Guests:

Peggy Hicks – Director of Thematic Engagement at the United Nations Human Rights Office which produced the report.

Stephen Nix – Senior Director for Eurasia at the International Republican Institute.

Barbora Bukovska – Senior Director for Law and Policy at Article 19, an organization that campaigns for global freedom of expression.

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