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Countries Shutting Down the Internet 2024

The U.S. government hasn't ever authorized a nationwide internet shutdown. But there are other governments throughout the world that have shut down the internet in their countries for one reason or another.

More often than not, countries have chosen to shut down internet access to their residents during large protests, elections, and incidents involving social unrest. Let's take a look at several of the countries shutting down the internet in 2023 below.

India

Of all the countries shutting down the internet in 2023, India tends to do it the most. They cut off people from internet access 84 times in 2022 alone, and the country continues to shut down the internet in 2023, too.

Many of the self-imposed internet outages in India have been performed to stop the spread of so-called fake news. No countries shutting down the internet in 2023 come anywhere close to India in terms of how often they do it.

Ukraine

Under normal circumstances, Ukraine wouldn't appear on a list of the countries shutting down the internet in 2023. However, the country's ongoing war with Russia has led to numerous internet outages over the last year.

In 2022, there were 22 times when the internet was cut off in Ukraine. The country has worked hard to get it back up and running every time, but it may not be able to completely remedy this situation until the war with Russia ends.

Iran

Iran infamously shut down the internet in 2019 during widespread protests throughout the country. The Supreme National Security Council in Iran ordered the internet to stay off for a week and only gave residents access to the National Information Network during that time.

Iran has also kept on shutting off the internet in more recent years. The country was without the internet 18 times in 2022.

Other Countries Shutting Down the Internet in 2023

India, Ukraine, and Iran are the three countries shutting down the internet in 2023 the most. They're the only countries to reach double digits when it comes to internet shutdowns.

There are also other countries that experience regular internet shutdowns, though. Myanmar (7), Bangladesh (6), Jordan (4), Libya (4), Sudan (4), and Turkmenistan (4) were hit with multiple internet shutdowns in 2022. Ethiopia has also endured its fair share of shutdowns recently with some lasting for months and even years at a time.

  • Data tables are focused upon 2023 shutdowns and do not necessarily include ongoing long-term site-specific censoring or filtering, such as is known to exist in China and other countries, particularly in Asia.
  • Shutdowns in Ukraine and Yemen were imposed by opposing forces during armed conflict.
  • Data for 2023 includes local, regional, and national shutdowns from Jan. 01 to Nov. 22.
  • A significant portion of internet outages in Iraq are focused upon the region of Kurdistan.

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Country
Scope of Disruption
Type of Blackout
Start Date
Duration (Hours)
Users Affected (1K)
Context
Estimated Cost (USD)
Human Rights Infringement
Impede Right to Peaceful Protest
Election Interference
Impede Press Freedoms
NationalFull11-Jun-231032,090Exams20,378,814NoNoNoNo
NationalFull12-Jun-231032,090Exams20,378,814NoNoNoNo
NationalFull13-Jun-231032,090Exams20,378,814NoNoNoNo
NationalFull14-Jun-231032,090Exams20,378,814NoNoNoNo
NationalFull15-Jun-231032,090Exams20,378,814NoNoNoNo
LocalFull19-Sep-2349583Conflict4,703,378YesNoNoYes
LocalFull2-Aug-2316383,343Protests94,223,894YesYesNoNo
NationalSocial Media10-Feb-23381629,830Protests330,588,348YesYesNoNo
NationalSocial Media9-Feb-23384029,830Protests332,667,520YesYesNoNo
NationalFull26-Aug-23871,451Information Control5,350,610YesYesYesYes
NationalSocial Media18-May-23724,870Protests2,258,844YesYesNoNo
LocalFull5-May-232585Information control64,407NoNoNoNo
LocalFull28-Jun-2321151Information control315,502YesYesNoNo
LocalFull1-Aug-2324138Conflict1,574,681YesYesNoNo
LocalFull1-Sep-2324545Protests614,295YesYesNoNo
LocalFull29-May-2324545Information control614,295YesYesNoNo
LocalFull6-Jun-2324577Protests1,136,889YesYesNoNo
LocalFull27-Aug-2324595Conflict825,860NoNoNoNo
LocalFull11-Sep-23242,688Conflict5,294,450NoNoNoNo
LocalFull23-Mar-23244,377Information control4,283,184YesYesNoNo
LocalFull29-Jul-23272,458Conflict1,908,092YesYesNoNo
LocalFull29-Jul-23361,488Conflict1,540,216YesYesNoNo
LocalFull15-Sep-2338595Information Control1,307,611YesNoNoYes
LocalFull22-Apr-2348368Information control891,827YesYesNoNo
LocalFull28-Feb-2348874Information control2,592,397YesYesNoNo
LocalFull26-Feb-23481,175Information control5,614,204YesYesNoNo
LocalFull22-Aug-23481,582Conflict2,183,321NoNoNoNo
LocalFull21-Mar-23482,226Information control10,125,746NoNoNoNo
LocalFull25-Feb-23486,804Exams20,174,543NoNoNoNo
LocalFull17-Sep-2354595Information Control1,858,184YesNoNoYes
LocalFull9-May-2371114Protests822,147YesNoNoNo
LocalFull15-Apr-2372663Information control2,243,758YesYesNoNo
LocalFull18-Mar-237227,000Information control110,012,799NoNoNoNo
LocalFull27-Jul-23751,583Conflict3,413,471YesYesNoNo
LocalFull15-Feb-23961,037Information control5,159,832NoNoNoNo
LocalFull27-Apr-23120242Conflict242,296YesYesNoNo
LocalFull31-Jul-23144630Conflict6,939,408YesYesNoNo
LocalFull31-Jul-23144773Conflict8,797,443YesYesNoNo
LocalSocial Media2-Apr-231442,958Information control1,101,307YesYesNoNo
LocalFull31-Mar-231922,958Information control16,328,055YesYesNoNo
LocalFull31-Jul-2321672Conflict7,159,430YesYesNoNo
LocalFull13-Apr-2321654Information control7,828,370YesYesNoNo
LocalFull31-Jul-233366Conflict11,562,026YesYesNoNo
LocalFull26-Sep-233362,090Conflict21,002,243YesYesNoYes
LocalFull3-May-2334562,090Conflict216,023,069YesYesNoYes
LocalFull17-May-2311,515Unknown32,789NoNoNoNo
LocalFull7-Jun-2317,898Unknown93,489NoNoNoNo
RegionalFull7-Mar-2318,993Unconfirmed194,568NoNoNoNo
NationalFull9-Sep-23117,276Protests641,923YesYesNoNo
LocalFull18-May-2322,848Unknown92,414NoNoNoNo
NationalFull10-Sep-23217,276Protests898,693YesYesNoNo
LocalFull19-May-2335,365Unknown328,858NoNoNoNo
RegionalFull19-Jan-23416,916Exams509,025NoNoNoNo
RegionalFull19-Jan-23416,916Exams528,130NoNoNoNo
LocalFull25-Aug-2312531Protests137,969YesYesNoNo
LocalFull15-Sep-2312531Protests137,969YesYesNoNo
LocalFull22-Sep-2312531Protests137,969YesYesNoNo
LocalFull6-Jan-2312531Protests137,969YesYesNoNo
LocalFull13-Jan-2312531Protests137,969YesYesNoNo
LocalFull20-Jan-2312531Protests137,969YesYesNoNo
LocalFull27-Jan-2312531Protests137,969YesYesNoNo
LocalFull3-Feb-2312531Protests137,969YesYesNoNo
LocalFull10-Feb-2312531Protests137,969YesYesNoNo
LocalFull17-Feb-2312531Protests137,969YesYesNoNo
LocalFull24-Feb-2312531Protests137,969YesYesNoNo
LocalFull3-Mar-2312531Protests137,969YesYesNoNo
LocalFull10-Mar-2312531Protests137,969YesYesNoNo
LocalFull17-Mar-2312531Protests137,969YesYesNoNo
LocalFull24-Mar-2312531Protests137,969YesYesNoNo
LocalFull31-Mar-2312531Protests137,969YesYesNoNo
LocalFull7-Apr-2312531Protests137,969YesYesNoNo
LocalFull14-Apr-2312531Protests137,969YesYesNoNo
LocalFull21-Apr-2312531Protests137,969YesYesNoNo
LocalFull28-Apr-2312531Protests137,969YesYesNoNo
LocalFull5-May-2312531Protests137,969YesYesNoNo
LocalFull12-May-2312531Protests137,969YesYesNoNo
LocalFull19-May-2312531Protests137,969YesYesNoNo
LocalFull26-May-2312531Protests137,969YesYesNoNo
LocalFull2-Jun-2312531Protests137,969YesYesNoNo
LocalFull9-Jun-2312531Protests137,969YesYesNoNo
LocalFull23-Jun-2312531Protests137,969YesYesNoNo
LocalFull30-Jun-2312531Protests137,969YesYesNoNo
LocalFull7-Jul-2312531Protests137,969YesYesNoNo
LocalFull14-Jul-2312531Protests137,969YesYesNoNo
LocalFull21-Jul-2312531Protests137,969YesYesNoNo
LocalFull1-Sep-2312531Protests137,969YesYesNoNo
LocalFull8-Sep-2312531Protests137,969YesYesNoNo
LocalFull29-Sep-23125,896Protests1,530,781YesYesNoNo
LocalFull6-Oct-23125,896Protests1,530,781YesYesNoNo
LocalFull19-May-23162,431Unknown824,047NoNoNoNo
NationalSocial Media1-Jan-23631233,720Protests453,899,865YesYesNoNo
RegionalFull3-Jun-2314,780Exams291,186NoNoNoNo
RegionalFull6-Jun-2324,780Exams582,371NoNoNoNo
RegionalFull10-Jun-2324,780Exams582,371NoNoNoNo
RegionalFull13-Jun-2324,780Exams582,371NoNoNoNo
RegionalFull6-Jun-2324,780Exams582,371NoNoNoNo
RegionalFull7-Jun-2324,780Exams582,371NoNoNoNo
RegionalFull8-Jun-2324,780Exams582,371NoNoNoNo
RegionalFull9-Jun-2324,780Exams582,371NoNoNoNo
RegionalFull10-Jun-2324,780Exams582,371NoNoNoNo
RegionalFull12-Jun-2324,780Exams582,371NoNoNoNo
RegionalFull13-Jun-2324,780Exams582,371NoNoNoNo
NationalFull29-Aug-23333,720Exams5,288,907NoNoNoNo
NationalFull30-Aug-23333,720Exams5,288,907NoNoNoNo
NationalFull17-Sep-23333,720Exams5,288,907NoNoNoNo
NationalFull18-Sep-23333,720Exams5,288,907NoNoNoNo
NationalFull19-Sep-23333,720Exams5,288,907NoNoNoNo
NationalFull21-Sep-23333,720Exams5,288,907NoNoNoNo
NationalFull23-Sep-23333,720Exams5,288,907NoNoNoNo
NationalFull25-Sep-23333,720Exams5,288,907NoNoNoNo
NationalFull28-Sep-23333,720Exams5,288,907NoNoNoNo
NationalFull30-Sep-23333,720Exams5,288,907NoNoNoNo
NationalFull21-Aug-23433,720Exams7,051,876NoNoNoNo
NationalFull22-Aug-23433,720Exams7,051,876NoNoNoNo
NationalFull23-Aug-23433,720Exams7,051,876NoNoNoNo
NationalFull24-Aug-23433,720Exams7,051,876NoNoNoNo
NationalFull26-Aug-23433,720Exams7,051,876NoNoNoNo
NationalFull27-Aug-23433,720Exams7,051,876NoNoNoNo
NationalFull28-Aug-23433,720Exams7,051,876NoNoNoNo
NationalFull1-Jun-23433,720Exams6,080,298NoNoNoNo
NationalFull4-Jun-23433,720Exams7,051,876NoNoNoNo
NationalFull6-Jun-23433,720Exams7,051,876NoNoNoNo
NationalFull8-Jun-23433,720Exams7,051,876NoNoNoNo
NationalFull11-Jun-23433,720Exams7,051,876NoNoNoNo
NationalFull13-Jun-23433,720Exams7,051,876NoNoNoNo
NationalFull15-Jun-23433,720Exams7,051,876NoNoNoNo
NationalFull17-Jun-23433,720Exams7,051,876NoNoNoNo
NationalFull21-Jun-23433,720Exams7,051,876NoNoNoNo
NationalFull22-Jun-23433,720Exams7,051,876NoNoNoNo
NationalFull24-Jun-23433,720Exams7,051,876NoNoNoNo
NationalFull25-Jun-23433,720Exams7,051,876NoNoNoNo
NationalFull26-Jun-23433,720Exams7,051,876NoNoNoNo
RegionalFull4-Jul-23433,720Exams1,164,743NoNoNoNo
RegionalFull5-Jul-23433,720Exams1,164,743NoNoNoNo
RegionalFull8-Jul-23433,720Exams1,164,743NoNoNoNo
RegionalFull9-Jul-23433,720Exams1,164,743NoNoNoNo
RegionalFull10-Jul-23433,720Exams1,164,743NoNoNoNo
NationalSocial Media6-Feb-23820,580Exams4,460,845NoNoNoNo
NationalSocial Media7-Feb-23820,580Exams4,460,845NoNoNoNo
NationalSocial Media8-Feb-23820,580Exams4,460,845NoNoNoNo
NationalSocial Media9-Feb-23820,580Exams4,460,845NoNoNoNo
NationalSocial Media10-Feb-23820,580Exams4,460,845NoNoNoNo
NationalSocial Media11-Feb-23820,580Exams4,460,845NoNoNoNo
NationalSocial Media12-Feb-23820,580Exams4,460,845NoNoNoNo
NationalSocial Media13-Feb-23820,580Exams4,460,845NoNoNoNo
NationalFull6-Mar-231461,730Information control9,639,167NoNoNoNo
NationalFull30-May-23168571Protests14,423,465YesYesNoNo
NationalFull30-May-23168571Protests14,423,465YesYesNoNo
NationalSocial Media1-Jan-2367682,375Information control158,178,882YesYesYesYes
LocalFull1-Jan-23676823,650Conflict591,046,034YesYesYesYes
NationalFull9-May-239682,900Conflict150,350,968YesYesNoNo
NationalSocial Media9-May-2315682,900Conflict82,298,379YesYesNoNo
NationalSocial Media1-Jan-231353113,000Conflict4,015,719,785YesYesNoYes
NationalFull3-Jun-2338,010Protests639,402YesYesNoNo
NationalFull6-Jun-23128,010Protests2,557,607YesYesNoNo
NationalFull4-Jun-23128,010Protests2,557,607YesYesNoNo
NationalFull5-Jun-23128,010Protests2,557,607YesYesNoNo
NationalFull31-Jul-23168,010Information control3,410,142YesYesNoNo
NationalFull1-Aug-23168,010Information control3,410,142YesYesNoNo
NationalFull2-Aug-23168,010Information control3,410,142YesYesNoNo
NationalFull3-Aug-23168,010Information control3,410,142YesYesNoNo
NationalFull4-Aug-23168,010Information control3,410,142YesYesNoNo
NationalFull5-Aug-23168,010Information control3,410,142YesYesNoNo
NationalSocial Media1-Jun-231638,010Protests13,539,561YesYesNoNo
NationalFull16-Apr-23104,798Conflict887,975YesYesNoNo
NationalSocial Media17-Feb-2312439Protests91,422YesYesNoNo
NationalFull10-Aug-2338,110Exams900,276NoNoNoNo
NationalFull13-Aug-2338,110Exams900,276NoNoNoNo
NationalFull14-Aug-2338,110Exams900,276NoNoNoNo
NationalFull15-Aug-2338,110Exams900,276NoNoNoNo
NationalFull16-Aug-2338,110Exams900,276NoNoNoNo
NationalFull17-Aug-2338,110Exams900,276NoNoNoNo
NationalFull25-Jun-2338,110Exams969,528NoNoNoNo
NationalFull26-Jun-2338,110Exams969,528NoNoNoNo
NationalFull24-May-2348,110Exams1,108,032NoNoNoNo
NationalFull25-May-2348,110Exams1,108,032NoNoNoNo
NationalSocial Media8-Feb-231269,950Information control5,762,783NoNoNoNo
NationalSocial Media22-Aug-23244,430Information Control579,718YesYesYesNo
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Countries Shutting Down the Internet 2024

Which countries have shut down the internet?

India shut down the internet 84 times in 2022, more than any other country. Other offenders are Iran, China, and Myanmar.

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