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Internet shutdowns cost India US$2.8bil (RM11.22bil), putting the South Asian nation at the top of a list of 21 countries that curbed citizens’ web access in 2020.
When India banned the hit PUBG mobile game over its diplomatic row with China, Zeyan Shafiq's eSports team was suddenly left without players. So Shafiq, who is based in war-torn Kashmir, did something very unusual: he reached across the border to Pakistan.
Pakistan accused arch-rival India of funding a long running disinformation campaign against it on Dec 11 and said it would raise the matter in global forums.
A prominent rights group in Indian-administered Kashmir issued a report Aug 25 calling India’s communications blackout following the scrapping of the disputed region’s semiautonomy last year “collective punishment” and urged the international community to question New Delhi over what it called “digital apartheid”.
Chinese companies such as TikTok-owner ByteDance have been asked by India to answer 77 questions about their apps that have been banned by New Delhi.
The Internet, once a freewheeling global network, is becoming balkanised into national spheres of influence. This could be bad for both cross-cultural communication and US tech companies.
Pakistan’s intelligence services are deploying secretive surveillance technology normally used to locate militants to instead track coronavirus patients and the people they come into contact with.
For three days without Internet or phone service this month, Rouf Ahmad found himself cut off from his family in Indian-administered Kashmir while his mother was receiving treatment for the deadly coronavirus.
India's health ministry on Monday invited doctors in Indian-administered Kashmir to an online training session on managing ventilators — critical equipment for patients with Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
Internet shutdowns cannot be justified at a time when access to information is critical to containing the deadly coronavirus pandemic, human rights groups have warned.