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Reports indicate that disruptions in connectivity across Iraq were observed, coinciding with the initial day of student examinations. It’s recognized that the Iraqi government frequently resorts to disabling both fixed-line and mobile broadband services, a strategy aimed at combating deceitful practices during state examinations.
When the final examinations were underway on the first day of June, a substantial disruption of the internet was evident throughout Iraq.
The tactic of shutting down the internet appears to be the preferred method of the Iraqi government to prevent the illicit importation of mobile phones into examination halls and to minimize dishonest behavior during exams. There is a record of similar disruptions in the past years.
Syria’s Comparable Scenario Iraq isn’t alone in experiencing such internet disruptions. NetBlocks, a global network monitoring organization, recorded broad-scale disturbances in Syria’s internet connectivity starting from the 24th of May.
Notably, network outages occurred daily from 4 a.m. and lasted for approximately four hours. These disruptions coincided with the initiation of national practical and lab examinations.
Potential Adverse Effects
It has been noted that governments in various countries around the globe enforce internet shutdowns during educational examinations, with the argument of restricting unethical activities. However, critics argue that this practice potentially contributes to detrimental effects, such as hampering digital economies and undermining democratic principles.
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