Sudan experienced an internet blackout yesterday, after protests erupted in the capital Khartoum over the government’s decision to end fuel subsidies. ‘From the connectivity data alone, we cannot tell whether the blackout is government directed,’ Doug Madory from internet monitoring firm Renesys told the Guardian newspaper. ‘However, it is either a coincidental catastrophic failure of all three independent internet providers and their connections out of Sudan, including a terrestrial link into Egypt – unlikely given it is not just a single connection – or some centrally directed, government action.’ Some governments in Middle Eastern countries have previously cut off internet connectivity to regain control during riots to prevent protesters from organising through social media. Protests in Sudan entered their third day yesterday after the Council of Ministers cut subsidies, which caused an immediate doubling in the price of fuel. The country lost around three-quarters of its oil output when South Sudan seceded in July 2011, ending its main source of state revenue and foreign currency.
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