Censored Planet: exposing internet censorship worldwide
Censored Planet is the first global internet censorship project to collect data from over 170 countries without user participation, showing “how skillful automated tracking has become at sniffing out repression” via MIT Tech Review:
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The tool is designed to remotely detect whether users in countries around the world are blocked from accessing thousands of important websites due to tactics like IP blocking, DNS poisoning or keyword blocking.
“What I think is important is having a transparency on the process. Who is deciding to block what and do we have trust in those people for the decisions they’re making,” said Roya Ensafi, an assistant professor in computer science and engineering at U-M, who founded the project:
Read the paper: “Quack: Scalable Remote Measurement of Application-Layer Censorship,” Usenix (2018).
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