Mapping Net Neutrality worldwide
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Deutsch: Kartografie der Netzneutralität
When questioned about Net Neutrality the European Commission previously claimed that only little data existed to show that net neutrality violations had occurred. A new project: netneutralitymap.org shows net neutrality violations worldwide based on tests for shaping. It documents the need for net neutrality legislation.
Although Net Neutrality is currently discussed throughout Europe, very little actual data is used for campaigning. A new project tries to change this by mapping data from Measurement Lab's global "Glasnost" tests. The map uses the same metric previously used by the researchers of Measurement Lab to detect violations of Net Neutrality along one year and display them on a map. The map clearly shows: violations of Net Neutrality are commonplace throughout Europe.
Especially the Bittorrent protocol is frequently shaped. While data from small countries are sparse - data from larger countries confirm that net neutrality violations are indeed common.
The map was created by activists around the Austrian EDRi member VIBE.at and "Initiative fuer Netzfreiheit" which recently started a campaign to promote Net Neutrality in Austria. "I did not perceive Net Neutrality violations as a problem until I first looked at the map we created" says Michael Bauer of VIBE.at. "It is striking how common shaping is in today’s internet".
The European Commission previously claimed a lack of data on Net Neutrality violations as the main reason for not punishing them. Measurement lab had this data since 2009. With this new way of presenting the data it is clear that the lack of data is not a reason for delaying net neutrality regulation any longer.
The Net Neutrality map
Austrian campaign on Net Neutrality (only in German)
Measurement Lab - open platform for researchers to deploy Internet
Initiative fur Netzfreiheit (only in German)
(contribution by Michael Bauer - EDRi-member VIBE!AT - Austria)