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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Iraq Shut down Internet for Periods of School Exams

Iraq Shut down Internet for Periods of School Exams

Iraq Shut down Internet for Periods of School Exams

Added: Friday, May 20th, 2016
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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The country has been turning off the Internet all over the country in attempt to stop students cheating in exams. Industry watchers noticed 3 separate 3-hour disruptions to Iraqi Internet services, which coincided with the local school exam periods. It is known that the outage affected both fixed-line and mobile broadband and was mandated by the local Ministry of Communication.
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One local ISP, EarthLink, announced one of the blackouts on its Facebook page, saying it was instructed by the Ministry of Communication to cut off Internet services all over the country during the time of exams. All other ISPs got the same instructions. The outages coincided with exams for secondary and high-school students. Apparently, the country chose this way to stop students cheating through smuggled mobile phones and devices with Internet access in exam halls.

Other countries usually try to ban mobile phones from exams or set up local jamming equipment. However, one must admit that shutting off the worldwide web across the entire is undoubtedly efficient, even though it affects every person and business in the parts of Iraq controlled by the government. This causes human rights campaigners to condemn the draconian measure.

It must be mentioned that the area of Kurdistan was not affected by the blackout thanks to its independent regional government, which did not follow suit.

According to the industry experts, Iraq has a history of turning off the Internet in attempt to affect the flow of information. For example, back in 2015, it ordered similar blackouts at exam times and tried to disconnect areas controlled by Isis in order to help stop the spread of propaganda.

At the same time, Iraq is not the only country whose government can shut down a country’s Internet at short notice: for instance, Egypt used similar techniques during the Arab spring protests five years ago. Uganda was also noticed blocking access to social media during elections this past February. In the meantime, several other countries including Iran and China have introduced strong censorship, while European countries and the US now prefer to block access to certain websites linked to piracy at the ISP level.

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Friday, May 20th, 2016



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posted by (2016-05-21 22:51:30)
sahand avatarYes i love kurdistan



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