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Fellow

Taha Khan

Information Controls Fellow

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are commercial services which play a key role in Internet freedom. They are used by individuals globally to attain privacy as well as to evade Internet censorship. While these services make certain privacy claims, customers do not have methods of verification of these guarantees, lack insight about their operational details and how they handle customer traffic. As a senior fellow, Taha will work with International Computer Science Institute to better understand the commercial VPN ecosystem, in the context of how they handle user traffic and to what extent these services actually stand up to their public claims. The project will provide users with a web service based on empirical evidence, which can be accessed by global users to understand the specifics of VPN services and aid them in making more informed VPN selection.

Funding to date

2017
$27700
6 months
Total funding: 
$27 700