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Infographic: Is your country vulnerable to a Syria-style Internet blackout?

Last week's jarring shutdown of the entire Syrian Internet raised a number of questions, some of them scary: How does this even happen? How could an entire country be pulled offline so quickly? Who else is vulnerable?

The wizards in The Washington Post's graphics department – I'm not kidding, I think they must have wands or something, though none are bearded – managed to answer these questions in a single infographic, which is copied below. You can see a larger version here.

The good news is that, if you're American (or British, Japanese, Russian, Canadian, Australian or Swedish), your country's Internet infrastructure makes it almost impossible for a Syria-style blackout. The bad news is that much of the world is vulnerable, though Syria's case is unusual. Here's the graphic:

You can read more about the Syrian Internet blackout, and the country's larger conflict, at the WorldViews Syria page.



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