Kazakhstan government shuts down internet nationwide


On January 5, 2022 the Kazakhstan government shut down the internet nationwide in response to widespread civil unrest after the government's removal of a price cap led liquid natural gas prices to rise sharply. Government use of a kill switch to block internet access is rising as a way of suppressing dissent and exercising social control; other examples include Iran, Sudan, Egypt, China, and Uganda. Kazakh law permits the government to temporarily suspend communications networks; much of the country's internet is state-run through the former monopoly, Kazakhtelecom. Kazakhstan is a highly digitised economy and the outage blocked essential services.


Writer: Margaret Hu
Publication: The Conversation
Publication date: 2022-01-24