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World’s Worst Internet Clampdown Cost Myanmar $3 Billion in 2021

  • Myanmar, Nigeria and India led web shutdowns last year
  • Shutdowns across 21 countries cost $5.5 billion, study shows

Internet outages by Myanmar’s military junta to curb nationwide protests over a coup in 2021 cost the country $2.8 billion, the biggest losses in the world, according to a study.

The Southeast Asian nation topped 21 countries that disrupted the internet for a total 30,179 hours last year, leading to global losses of $5.5 billion -- up 36% from 2020. Nigeria and India followed Myanmar, a report from U.K.-based digital privacy and security research group Top10VPN showed Tuesday.