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[tor-talk] New methodology: Investigating internet blackouts


It's 404 day and I'd like to announce that the OONI team is creating a
new methodology for investigating internet blackouts worldwide!

OONI Probe is designed to measure various forms of censorship, but
internet blackouts (i.e. when the internet is switched off completely)
is not currently one of them. We have therefore relied on third party
data sources (such as Google traffic and BGP announcement data published
by RIPE) to investigate internet blackouts. While these data sources are
extremely useful, the problem is that it's challenging to drill down to
internet blackouts that occur on a regional level, and to collect more
fine-grained metrics.

We therefore thought: Why not engage our existing, global OONI Probe
community to investigate internet blackouts on the ground?

To this end, we're experimenting with the creation of a new methodology
that will be included in future OONI Probe mobile app releases, enabling
community members to participate in internet blackout investigations.

If you're interested in learning all the technical details (and the
reasoning behind our choices), please read our documentation:

Otherwise, please read our announcement blog
(https://ooni.torproject.org/post/investigating-internet-blackouts/) and
share the word

This methodology is quite experimental. We'd appreciate any feedback you
can provide!


Maria (on behalf of the OONI team).

Maria Xynou
Research and Partnerships Coordinator
Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI)
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