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Syrian Internet slows during Friday protests once again

Last Friday, activists from Syria reported an Internet slowdown amid continued protests. The following chart from the Google Transparency Report confirms that Internet connectivity was spotty and irregular on Friday, though it was not a full-fledged outage: According to a Renesys blogpost on Syrian web traffic, “while traffic levels were reduced (perhaps throttled or rate-limited, […]

Syrian Networks and Government Websites Back Up After 24 Hour Outage

On Friday morning, the government-sponsored news agency Syria News reported Internet outages in Damascus, Aleppo, and other provinces. Shortly thereafter, the outage was covered by sources from The Washington Post to Al-Jazeera’s liveblog, and in the OpenNet Initiative blogpost from that day. Renesys, the Internet security firm that initially documented the blackout, reported on Saturday […]

Syria goes mostly offline as protests intensify

Crossposted from the OpenNet Initiative Renesys is reporting that as of 3:35 UTC (6:35 local time) on Friday, June 3, the majority of Syrian networks were disconnected from the global Internet. A graph shows the dramatic drop in reachable networks: Renesys documented a rapid decrease in the number of globally reachable Syrian networks on June […]

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