Young Kashmiris connect their mobile phones to a virtual private network (VPN) to access social media. The Indian government banned the internet in Kashmir in August but restored 2G internet services in late January, with selective restriction on access. Photo: EPA-EFE Young Kashmiris connect their mobile phones to a virtual private network (VPN) to access social media. The Indian government banned the internet in Kashmir in August but restored 2G internet services in late January, with selective restriction on access. Photo: EPA-EFE
Young Kashmiris connect their mobile phones to a virtual private network (VPN) to access social media. The Indian government banned the internet in Kashmir in August but restored 2G internet services in late January, with selective restriction on access. Photo: EPA-EFE

India’s crackdown on VPNs in Kashmir seeks to quell cyber-insurgency threat but risks blowback

  • In order to bypass a ban on social media use, Kashmiris are using VPNs, risking prosecution under anti-terrorism legislation
  • Amnesty International has urged the Indian government to ‘let the people of Kashmir speak’

Topic |   Kashmir
Young Kashmiris connect their mobile phones to a virtual private network (VPN) to access social media. The Indian government banned the internet in Kashmir in August but restored 2G internet services in late January, with selective restriction on access. Photo: EPA-EFE Young Kashmiris connect their mobile phones to a virtual private network (VPN) to access social media. The Indian government banned the internet in Kashmir in August but restored 2G internet services in late January, with selective restriction on access. Photo: EPA-EFE
Young Kashmiris connect their mobile phones to a virtual private network (VPN) to access social media. The Indian government banned the internet in Kashmir in August but restored 2G internet services in late January, with selective restriction on access. Photo: EPA-EFE
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