The NetBlocks internet observatory has identified several regional internet disruptions across Algeria, as of Friday 22 February 2019, as the public have gone out to the streets to participate in protests.
Confirmed: Multiple internet disruptions detected across #Algeria as public demonstrations spread; targeted network shutdowns around #Algiers including Tizi Ouzou & Bordj Menaiel; incident ongoing #Algérie #KeepItOnhttps://t.co/qZdFr2621P pic.twitter.com/ZorSTaFlr8
— NetBlocks.org (@netblocks) February 22, 2019
Data indicate that multiple networks have been intermittently offline from 8:00PM UTC Thursday, affecting several regions in and around Algiers. Specific regional disruptions have been identified in Bordj Menaiel, Tizi Ouzou, and east of Chlef.
The internet disruptions come as an alliance of opposition political groups have been calling for the demonstrations to be held after prayers on Friday, following the withdrawal of several opposition parties from the presidential elections scheduled for April 18 2019.
On Thursday evening, foreign diplomatic missions issued alerts warning that demonstrations may take place throughout the country on Friday, February 22nd and Sunday, February 24th, 2019. Several users have corroborated the outages, also reporting problems with internet connectivity on previous days.
NetBlocks diffscans, which map the entire IP address space of a country, provide evidence of the scope and timing of the ongoing disruptions. Concerns have been raised over their impact on press freedom, freedom of expression and freedom of association and assembly.
Update: Disruptions have continued through the weekend in several regions which have held further protests:
Since Friday #Algeria's internet has also been disrupted at opposition flashpoints outside #Algiers; pictured: temporospatial mapping of IP connectivity in #Laghouat during this weekend protests; follow us for live updates #KeepItOn ⬇️https://t.co/qZdFr2621P pic.twitter.com/tOSZDAUyIU
— NetBlocks.org (@netblocks) March 1, 2019
— DOUN♠️ (@Douuun2) February 26, 2019
NetBlocks diffscans, which map the IP address space of a country in real time, show internet connectivity levels and corresponding outages. Purposeful internet outages generally have a distinct network pattern used by NetBlocks to determine and attribute the root cause of an outage, a process known as attribution which follows detection and classification stages.
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