Friday, 13 June 2014

The Iraqi internet comes under fire as military conflict escalates

As political instability escalates in Iraq, the country's digital infrastructure is showing signs of distress. Kuwait's national news agency is reporting that Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have been blocked by the country's central telecom, which is currently controlled by government forces. At the same time, the country has been racked with several nationwide internet outages in the past week, including a three-hour outage on Thursday that took more than 80% of the country's traffic offline. Data from the content delivery network Akamai confirms the drop. It's still unclear whether the broader outages are a result of damaged infrastructure, a conscious effort by the government, or a move by rebel forces.
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