From June 2019 until this February, 1.4 million people in Myanmar’s Rakhine state dealt with the longest government-mandated internet shutdown in history.
Such shutting down of internet by Myanmar military on its people is very harmful to its development. Such behaviour has caused damage to the employment of the people of that country, this type of behavior will result in people getting angry on their government as internet is the biggest source of entertainment.
On Friday the military junta shut off connectivity across the country. The connectivity blackout finally ended at the beginning of February, days after Myanmar’s military deposed democratically elected officials and seized control of the country.
The connectivity blackout finally ended at the beginning of February, days after military deposed democratically elected officials and seized control of the country.
Over the past two months the military junta has continued to use the mechanisms for digital control put in place by Myanmar’s previous regimes, escalating platform-blocking and digital censorship across country and initiating different combinations of mobile data and wireless broadband outages, including various overnight connectivity blackouts for 46 consecutive days.
On the 47th night, this Friday at 1 am local time in , the government mandated that all telecoms cut wireless and mobile internet access across the entire country.
More than 24 hours later, it has not returned.”What authorities are doing in the online environment is a reflection of their crackdown in the offline environment,” says Oliver Spencer, adviser to Free Expression Myanmar, a domestic human rights group.
“They’re destroying businesses, conducting raids, arbitrarily rounding people up, and shooting people. Their objective is to spread so much fear that the unrest, the opposition, just dies, because people’s fear overtakes their anger.
Shutting down the internet is meant to be just one demonstration of their absolute power. But it’s a vast self-harm” Said Oliver.
The people of Myanmar are resourceful,” says Amira Harb, a former United States intelligence agent and threat researcher who has researched internet use in Myanmar for the firm IntSights.
“They are not afraid, or I should say many are rightly fearful, but they’re brave. They’re just pushing against everything and finding ways to call for solidarity and international help.”
There should be help given to people of Myanmar from UNO, International superpower should take efforts to bring pressure on Myanmar military to treat their people properly. Without international help any country will lose its democracy and dictatorship will destroy people’s lives.