Felicia is a campaigner and #KeepItOn lead at Access Now. She served previously as a program associate at the Media Foundation for West Africa, as coordinator of the African Freedom of Expression Exchange, and was a fellow of the African Internet Governance School.
What can be done?
In order to have a healthier internet environment, governments around the world must appreciate the opportunities that digital communications and the internet present, and invest in providing a free, open, secure, and accessible internet for all.
We must work together to raise awareness about the devastating impact of internet shutdowns on human rights and people’s lives and get governments and stakeholders around the world to advocate to put an end to this new repressive global norm.
In June 2020, the states of Rakhine and Chin in Myanmar marked a full year of internet blackout, making it the third-longest in the world and affecting approximately 1.4 million people.