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Internet Disruptions in Cuba Following Widespread Protests

July 16, 2021
The nation of Cuba experienced a complete internet shutdown beginning at 4:05pm local on 11 July 2021. The outage lasted about 30 minutes and was followed by several hours of partial outages.

Until very recently, large internet outages were very rare. Internet shutdowns are new to Cuba in 2021 but Sunday’s wasn’t the first. There was an outage in January that appeared to be government-directed following additional protests motivated by the 27N movement.

In addition, the Open Observatory has documented censorship targeting Signal, Telegram and Whatsapp.

Doug Madory

Doug Madory is the director of internet analysis for Kentik where he works on internet infrastructure analysis. The Washington Post dubbed him “The Man who can see the Internet” for his reputation in identifying significant developments in the global layout of the internet. Doug is regularly quoted by major news outlets about developments ranging from national blackouts to BGP hijacks to the activation of submarine cables. Prior to Kentik, he was the lead analyst for Oracle’s internet intelligence team (formerly Dyn Research and Renesys).

Twitter: @DougMadory

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