Iraq Internet Shutdown Is Good News for One App: FireChat

Phone sim cards on sale outside the Qaysari Market on June 15, 2014 in Erbil, Iraq. In Iraq's capital city of Baghdad and other towns and cities effected by the recent conflict, people who can afford to do so have begun to stockpile essential items. Photographer: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Political unrest is rarely a positive development for Internet companies. As governments in the Middle East demonstrated repeatedly during the Arab Spring, online access is one of the first things to go when there are whiffs of an uprising.

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