Peter Micek and Deji Olukotun (Access) on digital rights and Internet shutdowns:
Access is an international organization that extends and defends the digital rights of users at risk around the world. In this Databite, Peter Micek and Deji Olukotun will examine the increasing trend of Internet shutdowns worldwide, drawing upon key case studies from 2015. Sometimes called “network disruptions” or “disconnections,” shutdowns occur when telecommunications companies and Internet service providers block or throttle Internet applications, SMS, or phone traffic. Worryingly, shutdowns have already occurred four times this year, and more are expected. Deji and Peter will discuss key advocacy and policy responses, recent trends at the UN, and challenges for data collection and documentation.