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Where did the internet go? Fighting shutdowns around school exams #667
[ UUID ] 18e9e4c4-4db9-4ba6-b7dd-648bd1cc63f0
[ Session Name ] Where did the internet go? Fighting shutdowns around school exams
[ Submitter's Name ] Deji Bryce Olukotun
[ Additional facilitators ] Islam Khoufi,,Moses Karanja,,
What will happen in your session?
In 2016 and 2017, we recorded more than 30 instances of intentional internet shutdowns during school exams in the MENA region and in countries as diverse as India, Congo Brazzaville, Ethiopia, and Tunisia. Many such shutdowns are nationwide internet blackouts, although they take different forms. This is a broader, international problem that is a key indicator of Internet Health. A problem that we can solve.
Algeria’s economy lost $20.5 million during an internet shutdown for school exams in June 2016. There is also the risk that governments will switch to jamming, filtering, or blocking technologies that violate the privacy of students, educators, and businesses. Worse, some governments may use school exams as a pretext to clamp down on free expression.
What is the goal or outcome of your session?
We'll aim to teach people about shutdowns around school exams and equip them with technical and pragmatic solutions to fight back. People will leave the session with practical information about circumvention tools, trends, and how to report this key indicator of internet health. We'll gather strategies from current students and activists from people who have experienced censorship. Importantly, we hope people in the Mozilla community will also offer technical solutions.
If your session requires additional materials or electronic equipment, please outline your needs.
We may do a brief interactive session. We may display a jammer for a demonstration purposes if it does not impact other people at MozFest.
I'm afraid to say that using a wifi jammer is illegal under the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006. There are licences available for them, however, I suspect that they are very hard to obtain.
I would also be wary, of bringing this sort of equipment through customs as whilst they are legal to own, they are banned from being sold and used in the UK.
Hey @marcwalsh and @cubicgarden,