The numbing experience of living through Africa’s growing internet shutdowns

Abdi Latif Dahir
The numbing experience of living through Africa’s growing internet shutdowns

The internet shutdown that engulfed Ethiopia last week caught many by surprise. Half an hour later, I walked into a branch of the country’s sole mobile operator Ethio Telecom to purchase a SIM card. Authorities restricted social media platforms like WhatsApp and Telegram and disabled SMS text messaging in measures aimed at deterring cheating during national secondary school exams.