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These are the core obsessions that drive our newsroom—defining topics of seismic importance to the global economy. Our s are made to shine in your inbox, with something fresh every morning, afternoon, and weekend. Internet shutdowns are a well-worn tactic by authoritarian regimes over the past decade.

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After Egypt blocked the web during Arab Spring protests, embattled dictators have repeated the tactic in SyriaMyanmarUgandaEswatiniand most recently, Cuba. Full shutdowns, however, represent a worst-case scenario for any regime: In addition to disrupting protesters, they also disrupt the economy and make it harder for the government itself to operate. They are a censorship method of last resort.

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For that reason, the blackouts offer a source of optimism: They show how devilishly hard it still is for a dictator to censor the internet. People living under oppressive regimes have kept just ahead of censors, and a slew of free digital tools deed to evade firewalls will keep things difficult for dictators for the foreseeable future.

An authoritarian regime can block traffic to specific websites or apps easily enough. The Cuban government has spent the past several days cutting off all web traffic between the island and the servers that run encrypted messaging apps like al, Telegram, and WhatsApp.

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People know what VPNs are and they use them quite a bit. On July 11, as protests erupted across Cuba and videos and Still the only one of the demonstrations gushed onto social media platforms, the Cuban government faced the most visible challenge to its power in its year history. The regime turned in desperation to the nuclear option: a full, national internet shutdown. Shutting off the web is relatively simple in Cuba. There is only one undersea cable connecting the island to the rest of the web-browsing world, and all traffic that travels across that cable is controlled by the state-run telecom operator ETECSA.

The government also owns all the ground stations capable of communicating with satellites that can beam internet down from space which puts a damper on any plans for Elon Musk to fly a satellite over Cuba and deliver uncensored internet to all.

With that level of monolithic control over the infrastructure that runs the internet, Cuban authorities can simply cut power to the network, or write a few lines of code that instruct it not to let any traffic in or out. They blocked all internet traffic for the country for about half an hour on July 11, and have since appeared to block the web in certain restive areas, in addition to throttling the speed of web traffic and attempting to block certain apps and sites.

But the Cuban regime, like many authoritarian regimes before it, seems to be finally coming to terms with the full threat of an internet-connected population that is learning to use the digital tools at its disposal to evade censorship.

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