Iraq Shuts Down Internet to Stop Exam Cheats

By John Lee.

Iraq has deliberately shut down large areas of the  country’s internet to help prevent cheating in national exams.

Internet advocacy group SMEX has an email from one Iraqi ISP confirming the action, and saying that it came about due to an official request made by the country’s Ministry of Communications, according to Gizmondo.

The research arm of Dyn, an Internet analytics company, logged a pattern of three-hour internet blackouts coinciding with the exam times.

(Sources: Gizmodo, NBC, The Atlantic)

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