The Register: Syria and Sudan turn off the internet to suppress … cheating by kids sitting exams

The Register: Syria and Sudan turn off the internet to suppress … cheating by kids sitting exams. “Access Now reports as a part of its #KeepItOn campaign that there were 115 internet shutdowns in 2019, 60 in 2020 and 50 between January and May of 2021. Of those so far in 2021, 24 affected a whole country or region, 11 took in more than one city or area, and 13 cut off only one city, county or village.”

Mashable: Influencers have become a vital source of information on the crisis in Sudan

Mashable: Influencers have become a vital source of information on the crisis in Sudan . “On Thursday, Shahd Khidir, a Sudanese influencer and blogger who mainly shares beauty, fashion, and lifestyle content, went ‘off-brand’ to raise awareness to her nearly 64,000 Instagram followers about the dire situation in Sudan. Khidir, who is based in New York City, posted a photograph of herself crying at her desk along with a heartbreaking story about her friend, who she learned had recently been murdered in Sudan.”

The Conversation Africa: Sudanese women are using social media to trade – and break gender barriers

The Conversation Africa: Sudanese women are using social media to trade – and break gender barriers. “Four years ago I started research in Sudan’s capital Khartoum on a group of 45 Sudanese women entrepreneurs called Facebook traders – tajirat al-Facebook. The women used smartphones to trade goods such as cosmetics, garments, traditional Sudanese dresses, fashion accessories and perfumes from their homes. My research showed that their online activities enabled them to work at home without jeopardising social expectations based on class, gender and religion.”

Quartz: Sudan has blocked Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to counter anti-govt protests

Quartz: Sudan has blocked Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to counter anti-govt protests. “Data collected by digital advocacy group NetBlocks on Dec. 21 shows varying attempts to block platforms including Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram on mobile networks. The internet was blocked on key telecom companies including MTN Sudan, Zain Sudan, Kanartel, and Sudatel. The interruption to these four services is expected to cost the economy over $7.5 million per day, according to estimates calculated through NetBlocks Cost of Shutdown Tool (COST).”