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Internet censorship cost the global economy $5.5 billion in 2021, report says

Internet censorship cost the global economy $5.5 billion in 2021, report says
Protesters take part in a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar on November 10, 2021.AFP via Getty Images


Internet shutdowns cost the global economy $5.5 billion in 2021, per digital rights group Top10VPN.




Myanmar was the most severely impacted, losing an estimated $2.8 billion to shutdowns.




Top10VPN said the number of people impacted by internet shutdowns rose 80% from 2020 to 2021.


Internet blackouts, social media shutdowns, and bandwidth-throttling by governments cost the global economy $5.5 a total of billion in 2021, according to an annual report by digital security and rights group Top10VPN.According to Top10VPN Myanmar's economy was most severely impacted by internet shutdowns. Myanmar's military seized power in a coup in February 2021. This was followed by extensive internet and social media shutdowns.A Top10VPN estimates the country's economy took a blow of $2.8 billion as a result.Nigeria was estimated to be the second-most economically impacted country this year after it blocked access to Twitter in June. Top10VPN calculated the economic loss to be $1.5 billion.
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