Internet restriction during exam in Algeria cost nearly US$388 million

According to a news report, an Internet shutdown by Algerian authorities from 13-17 September 2020 that is believed to have been implemented to curb exam malpractices has cost the economy close to US$388 million. This estimated cost was communicated by Mr Younes Grar who is Chief Executive Officer of Gecos. Almost all social media and messaging services such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and WhatsApp were down across the country with real-time network data showing severe impacts to Algeria Telecom. According to the report, citizens are urging the government to resort to other means of curbing cheating in examinations rather than resorting to Internet shutdowns since it comes with several dire consequences.