A report by Top10VPN reveals that global internet blackouts cost the economy $9.01 billion in 2023, with Sub-Saharan Africa experiencing a troubling fivefold increase to $1.74 billion. Ethiopia leads as the continent's internet shutdown capital, accounting for a significant portion of losses. Various reasons, including electoral protests, conflict, information control, and military coups, contribute to internet censorship across the region. The economic toll highlights the urgent need for addressing these disruptions to safeguard businesses and digital rights.
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