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India has had over 100 Internet shutdowns in 2018

(with inputs from Aroon Deep) 2018 hasn't ended yet, and India has officially crossed a hundred internet shutdowns in the year, with 106 shutdowns, according to the Software Freedom Law Centre's internet shutdowns tracker. The hundredth reported shutdown was in Uttarakhand, where a 12 year old's gangrape and murder led to local unrest, and authorities decided to shut internet access down in the town of Uttarkashi. Some calculations based on data, on Internet Shutdowns from SFLC.in: So far, the number of shutdowns, at 106, is 1.34 times the 79 Internet shutdowns last year. In 2014, there were 6 Internet shutdowns in India. 106 shutdowns in 8 months in 2018 means an average of 13.3 shutdowns in a month. This is double of 6.6 shutdowns per month last year, and 2.6 shutdowns per month in 2017. At the present rate, India is on track to have 150 shutdowns by the end of 2018. Kashmir alone is on track to have over sixty. Top 5 states with shutdowns in 2018 account for 83.02% of total shutdowns: Jammu & Kashmir with 41 (38.58% of total) Rajasthan with 29 (27.36% of total) Uttar Pradesh with 8 (7.55% of total) Maharashtra with 6 (5.66% of total) Bihar with 4 (3.77% of total) Top 5 states since 2012 account for 78.28% of total: Jammu & Kashmir with 101, 41.39% of total Rajasthan with 55, 22.54% of total Uttar Pradesh with 12, 4.92% of total Haryana with 12, 4.92% of total Gujarat with 11, 4.51% of total…

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Founder @ MediaNama. TED Fellow. Asia21 Fellow @ Asia Society. Co-founder SaveTheInternet.in and Internet Freedom Foundation. Advisory board @ CyberBRICS

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