Latest World News: Pakistan ranked third in the world for internet resolution imposition

KARACHI: Pakistan was ranked third in the world for imposing internet restrictions in the first half of 2023.

According to a report by Surfshark, a virtual private network company headquartered in Lithuania, a semi-annual analysis of the Internet-based Internet Shutdown Tracker reveals that Pakistan was responsible for three of the 42 new restrictions worldwide, which were imposed following the arrest of former Prime Minister Imran Khan on May 9.

At the time, access to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube was restricted in the country, while several temporary cellular network disruptions were also seen across the country for several days afterwards.

The Surfshark report ranks Pakistan behind Iran and India as the top countries in the list of regimes that imposed internet restrictions in the first half of 2023, with Asia being the focal point of most internet shutdowns.

Iran and India lead tally of most shutdowns in first half of 2023, Surfshark report finds

Iran has seen the highest number of internet disruptions during this time, with 14 cases in total, all of which occurred in Zahedan during Friday’s protests against the Zahedan massacre.

India and held-Kashmir

India was closely following Iran, with at least nine cases, the majority of which occurred during protests.

Interestingly, the report mentions two separate Internet shutdowns in Jammu and Kashmir, which were apparently also ordered by the Indian government. If these are added to the country’s tally, India’s tally rises to 11 cases of internet shutdowns over a six-month period.

According to the report, the protests were the main cause of government-imposed internet restrictions.

More than two-thirds of the new disruptions, which number 30, were sparked by public outrage over social and political issues. This survey also highlights that the Internet is the primary battleground for obtaining important information during times of civil unrest.

Surfsharks Internet Censorship Tracker analyzes reports from news media and digital rights organizations such as Netblocks and Access Now and collects data from social media companies to document cases.

Overview of restricted apps in 2023

Facebook continued to face heavy restrictions in the first half of 2023. The app was restricted in Ethiopia, Guinea, Senegal, Pakistan, and Suriname. All of these countries have had a history of government-imposed internet restrictions.

Telegram, Instagram and YouTube tied for second place on the list of the most blocked social platforms, each facing restrictions in four countries. WhatsApp and Twitter were close and tied for third place on the list, each facing restrictions in three countries.

While TikTok was only limited by one country in the first half, Ethiopia. However, the United States is on track to become the eighth country to ban the platform, the report says.

Global decline

According to the report, the first half of 2023 saw a 31% drop in new cases of internet disruption compared to the same period in 2022. But the number of countries imposing these restrictions fell from 13 to 14.

Overall, Asia leads the world in internet disruptions, accounting for 71% of new global cases. An estimated 2.35 billion people experienced internet censorship throughout the year, Surfshark found.

The report also states that the decrease in global restrictions is mainly due to the drop in Jammu and Kashmir’s cases, which fell from 35 in the first half of 2022 to just 2 during the same period in 2023.

Posted in Dawn, July 25, 2023

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