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Why Over 37 Million People Around the World Will Be Cut Off From the Internet on Jan. 1

Come New Year’s Day, nearly 40 million people around the world with phones or computers more than 5 years old will be cut off from the newly-encrypted internet.

New measures for internet safety, notably encryption, will be put into effect on January 1, 2016 which includes sites like Google, Facebook and Twitter. But for millions around the world, mostly in the developing world, the new encryption won’t be supported by their old technology, effectively cutting them off from the rest of the world.