In pandemic year, Syrians blocked from Zoom, Netflix

Virtual platforms like Netflix and Zoom have emerged as lifelines for a pandemic-hit world forced indoors, but in sanctioned Syria where both websites are blocked, Mohammad Habash feels increasingly disconnected. “We are living in a bubble isolated from the outside world,” the 35-year-old tech expert says from an electronics repair shop in Damascus. “This isolation has meant that an entire generation of young Syrians are technologically disadvantaged compared to their global peers”. Even before the war started in 2011, tech giants like Amazon, Apple and Google couldn’t freely operate in Syria …

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