Research Shows Internet Shutdowns and State Violence Go Hand in Hand in Syria

West, Sarah Myers

Publisher:  Electronic Frontier Foundation
Date Written:  01/07/2015
Year Published:  2015  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX17658

When an oppressive regime blocks Internet access during social unrest, violence usually follows. This is a pattern that has become famous with the Arab Spring but is the violence that follows a response to the repression of free speech? Or is the repression of free speech a means to another end? New research suggests the latter. Using Syria as a case study, it seems that governments blackout the Internet as a means for security forces to gain some tactical advantage when they violently engage protesters.

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