The Washington PostDemocracy Dies in Darkness

A stunning chart shows Syria’s Internet blackout

Syria's apparent shutdown of all Internet services has now been confirmed by a second Web-monitoring service, Akamai. The company released this chart of Web traffic in and out of Syria, reporting that the country is "effectively off the Internet." Akamai says the traffic is at zero, a remarkable indication of how swiftly and completely Syria seems to have taken its offline. Removing an entire country from the Internet is no small feat, and has potentially serious implications for Syria's economy, its security and the uprising that began last year.

More on the shutdown – and why it's surprising the country waited this long – here. Check back for more on this throughout the day.