According to a new research published by the Brookings Institution, intentional internet shutdowns from govts in some 19 countries led to $2.4 billion in lost economic production between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016.
The estimate shows, how much countries today are dependent on the internet, and the economic consequences of turning off the plug. The countries most affected are India, which lost $968 million, Saudi Arabia ($465 million) and Morocco, with a loss of $320 million. This, however, is only a conservative estimate that considers only reductions in economic activity. It does not include losses in tax revenue, productivity, or investor confidence.