In many countries, governments cut internet access to curb freedom of speech and disrupt political dissent or those organizing online without hesitation.

It can be a very effective means of control and is one that some governments are leaning on in an increasingly authoritarian and menacing manner.

With the intrinsic importance of the internet to everyday life and essential technologies across the world, however, shutdowns not only hurt businesses and impede on liberty, but can actually cost lives.

Källa: Meet the Activists Fighting Internet Shutdowns Across the World