The Rise of Internet Throttling: A Hidden Threat to Media Development

Internet throttling, a deliberate act of government actors to slow down internet traffic, often takes place during periods of dynamic social change or mobilisation such elections or demonstrations, thereby negatively affecting the right to access to information and freedom of expression. ‘It stifles the free flow of information during critical moments and prevents journalists from providing vital information to citizens abroad and at home. The report calls upon civil society, business, and academic leaders ‘to put more attention on reliably identifying instances of throttling to prevent it from becoming more widespread. Internet service providers are urged to s follow the United Nations’ Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and look to be more transparent about government interference.

Year Country Organisation Author Type
2020 India, Jordan, Venezuela CIMA Woodhams, S. report
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Intermediate Outcome 1 access, expression, freedom, information, internet, to Download/link