How do you run a digital business when your country’s president has shutdown the internet? The social media blackout in Chad began in March 2018 after recommended reforms to the constitution that would allow President Idriss Deby to stay in power until 2033, when he will be 81. Deby has been in power since 1990 and had previously pledged to restore term limits before the country’s 2016 elections. Since March 2018, people in Chad have been unable to access sites such as WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook, and Twitter. Internet shutdowns are frequently used by governments across Africa. In 2019 alone, Sudan, Zimbabwe, and the Democratic Republic of Congo have all enforced a shutdown for various reasons.