Weekly Roundup 12/15/17

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Internet Shutdown

Ethnic clashes in Ethiopia this week, particularly in the Oromia region, have sparked a partial internet shutdown in the country. Several social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube, have been blocked by the Ethiopian government; Whatsapp and Telegram remain accessible.

Internet shutdowns are becoming an increasingly common reaction to unrest across the globe. Countries with only a few internet service providers, like Ethiopia, are especially susceptible to internet blackouts. In addition to hampering the flow of information, internet shutdowns have significant, disruptive economic impacts.

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