Iraq Prevents Exam Cheating by Cutting the Entire Internet

There are many ways to prevent cheating in exams, there is the honour system, extra checks, and verifications – or you can go all out like Iraq did last week where it cut off the internet for the entire country for a couple of hours.

What first looked like something that is reminiscent of censorship in the Islamic state, that wasn’t the case according to Dyn Research. Their data showed that the data streams were interrupted between 5:00 and 8:00. The simple answer to why this happened is cheat prevention.

The nationwide school enrollment tests were going on at that time and the internet cut-off was simply to prevent sharing of the papers. The test is crucial for the continued education and thereby a position in the country which highly increases the incentive to cheat, and the simple way to prevent modern cheating is to simply disable the methods of doing so.

It certainly is an effective way of doing so but is it also the right one? What do you think? Is this maybe a method we should start applying in our parts of the world too or is that just taking it all a step too far? Let us know in the comments.

Club Nintendo Rewards Scheme to be Discontinued

Nintendo has announced that it will be closing its Club Nintendo rewards programme this September. The company said that it will close the scheme in stages, and that a new rewards programme will take its place.

Nintendo said in a statement that it will discontinue redemption codes included with physical copies of Nintendo games from April 1st and users will no longer be able to redeem points for digital download copies from April 20th. Users will still be able to redeem rewards until September 30th, following which all existing and unused points will expire. A new scheme will later be introduced.

Club Nintendo has been around in one form or another since May 2002, and started out as two separate schemes under the names of VIP 24:7 and Club Member. In 2007 both schemes were combined to form Club Nintendo, which has been offering free rewards in exchange for points ever since.

The scheme has proved popular amongst Nintendo fans, offering exclusive game soundtracks, toys, free games and other memorabilia.

Source: Nintendo