“It’s popular to think of the internet as a cloud, but it’s really under the sea. A lattice of massive cables crisscrosses the world, seeding connectivity to every continent and into each country. The cables naturally suffer breaks and cuts given those harsh conditions, but usually multiple cables serve each area to create redundancies and contingencies for when one line goes down. As Yemen’s ongoing connectivity issues underscore, though, the fallback options for some regions are more tenuous.” Wired: Cut Undersea Cable Plunges Yemen Into Days-Long Internet Outage.

+ CNBC: Government-led internet shutdowns cost the global economy $8 billion in 2019. (And that doesn’t even count the weekend we took my daughter’s iPad away…)