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Thread: #Delhi is expected to be the most populated city in the world by 2028. Yet, can you imagine a population of over 60 million living without Internet due to government shutdowns? That is Delhi’s current reality. http://ow.ly/URX050xEvlQ
Authorities recently tried to suppress another round of nationwide protests against a new citizenship law described by the govt as a “humanitarian measure.” Nonetheless, thousands were detained, while Internet service was suspended in parts of the capital. https://wapo.st/2Sbfgga
#India’s government has gone to great lengths to present itself as the “world’s largest democracy” and a tech industry giant. However, it also reportedly tops the world in number of Internet shutdowns imposed by the government on the local, state, and national levels.
All of this is on top of the long-standing Internet blackout in Jammu & Kashmir, which has been ongoing since 4 August. Later in August, 66 rights groups, incl our members @DigitalRightsPK and @ForumFreedom, endorsed a statement condemning these blackouts http://ow.ly/FHsI50xEDjR
The new law passed on 12 December was criticized for only allowing non-Muslim refugees from neighbouring countries to seek Indian citizenship. Violent protests followed in various states with Internet blackouts starting before the Act’s ratification. http://ow.ly/ddIi50xEBSS
Online watchdog @netblocks provide further evidence of Internet shutdowns in #Assam and northeastern states as the Indian Government bids to push through the Citizenship Amendment Bill. Their report provides data and context on the situation: http://ow.ly/i0rn50xEEWW
In addition to its Internet shutdown project, our member @SFLCin has also put together a useful handbook — Living in Digital Darkness — that offers thorough details on Internet shutdowns in India, including their mode, duration, and nature. Learn more: http://ow.ly/6GXo50xEEJD
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