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Recent changes in Internet traffic during the pandemic

Cloudflare Blog [this posting has charts identifying traffic around the world]: “…Over the last few weeks, the Cloudflare Network team has noticed some new patterns and we wanted to share a few of them with you. Entire countries are watching their leaders. Last Friday evening, the US President announced a State of Emergency in the United States. Not so long after, our US data centers served 20% more traffic than usual…The emergency has a non-negligible impact on Internet services and our lives. Although it is difficult to quantify exactly the increase, we observe numbers from 10% to 40% depending on the region and the state of government action in those regions. Even though from time to time individual services, such as a web site or an app, have outages the core of the Internet is robust. Traffic is shifting from corporate and university networks to residential broadband, but the Internet was designed for change.”

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