The Internet Society and NetBlocks are teaming up to develop a tool to better measure the cost of Internet shutdowns, and convince governments to keep the Internet on. The Cost of Shutdown Tool (COST) will be a data-driven online tool that will enable anyone – including journalists, researchers, advocates, policy makers, businesses, and many others – to quickly and easily estimate the economic cost of Internet disruptions.

The tool will cover shutdowns affecting social media, key content platforms and full Internet blackouts using key indicators relating to the global digital economy. Development of this online and mobile platform has started, and we expect an early functioning platform to be available by summer 2018.

The Cost of Shutdown Tool (COST) estimates economic cost of internet shutdowns, mobile data blackouts and social media restrictions using regional indicators from the World Bank, ITU, Eurostat and U.S. Census.


Avoid error-prone hand calculations - COST automates the process


Specialised datasets, economic models and currencies make COST assessments relevant to local communities


Global internet usage is driven by mobile devices - take COST with you to forums, meetings to support your advocacy work