Shutting down the internet is an efficient way of discouraging internet-based cheating – but the move has been criticised by human rights campaigners.
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Iraq has been turning off the internet across the country to stop children cheating in exams.
May 16, 2016
3rd 3hr blackout in 3 days as Iraq continues attempts to block cheating on exams.
While attempting to ban mobile phones from exams or setting up local jamming equipment might be a less draconian measure, shutting off the internet is undoubtedly efficient.
Last year it performed similar blackouts at exam times, as well as attempting to take areas controlled by Isis offline to help shut down the spread of propaganda.
Other countries including Iran and China have implemented strong censorship, while the UK and other countries block access to certain sites linked to piracy at the ISP level.