Research Shows Internet Shutdowns and State Violence Go Hand in Hand in Syria
West, Sarah Myershttp://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/06/research-shows-internet-shutdowns-and-state-violence-go-hand-hand-syria
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.