Since protests erupted in Iran on Friday, the Iranian government has imposed a near-total Internet shutdown to quell the unrest and silence protesters. Shutting off the Internet during protests is not a new tactic, but the speed and scope of the shutdown has prompted the question: How does a government switch off the Internet for over 80 million people?
Iranians surf the Internet at a cafe in Tehran on September 17, 2013. (File photo: AP)
Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei speaks during a news conference in the capital Tehran on July 22, 2019. (File photo: AFP)
Iranian youths with their smart phones in northern Tehran’s Mellat Park on August 3, 2016. (File photo: AFP)