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NetBlocks Framework

NetBlocks is a modular technology framework for internet governance transparency, enabling real-time detection and monitoring of mass-scale network controls which affect entire regions and populations.

NetBlocks (netblocks.org) is a modular technology framework for transparent internet governance and real-time monitoring of network controls. The platform combines probe hardware, remote scans and other data sources to provide an enhanced view of internet health that is aggregated and statistically analyzed in real-time, with the goal of rapidly detecting interference affecting whole regions and populations such as during periods of political unrest.

NetBlocks is the technology project of Turkey Blocks, a network observatory which focuses on internet shutdowns and social network availability. The system is a synthesis and refinement of tools and techniques that have been successfully used to reduce the time to detection, increase the accuracy of network interference reports and improve the digital forensic quality of collected metrics.

Funding to date

2017
$100 000
12 months
Total funding: 
$100 000
Countries: 
Turkey
Core issues: 
Access to the Internet Awareness of access Privacy enhancement Security from danger or threat online
Current project status
  • Just an Idea (Pre-alpha)
  • It Exists! (Alpha/Beta)
  • It's basically done. (Release)
  • People Use It. (Production)
Regions
Global
North Africa and Middle east
Objectives
Research
Technology development
Deploying technology
Software or hardware development
Beneficiaries
General public
Women
Activists
Journalists
Technologists
Government
Addressed problems
Restrictive Internet filtering by technical methods (IP blocking, DNS filtering, TCP RST, DPI, etc.)
Blocking, filtering, or modification of political, social, and/or religious content (including apps)
Technical attacks against government critics, journalists, and/or human rights organizations (Cyberattacks)
Localized or nationwide communications shut down or throttling (Blackouts)
Physical intimidation, arrest, violence (including device seizure or destruction), and death for political or social reasons
Government practices that hold intermediaries (social networks or ISPs) liable for user content
Technology focus
Server daemon
Hardware/Embedded device(s)
Other

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