Google Spends $1 Million on Censorship and Throttling Detection

Wednesday Mar 23rd 2011 by Staff

The company has awarded a grant to Georgia Tech to develop systems that could detect when governments or ISPs are tampering with network connections.

Ars Technica: In the wake of its latest allegations that the Chinese government was hindering access to Gmail, Google has announced that it will award $1 million to Georgia Tech for the development of tools that will detect Internet throttling, government censorship and other "transparency" problems. The money will fund the creation of "a suite of Web-based, Internet-scale measurement tools that any user around the world could access for free. With the help of these tools, users could determine whether their ISPs are providing the kind of service customers are paying for, and whether the data they send and receive over their network connections is being tampered with by governments and/or ISPs."

Researcher Wenke Lee added, "Say something happens again like what happened in Egypt recently, when the Internet was essentially shut down. If we have a community of Internet user-participants in that country, we will know instantly when a government or ISP starts to block traffic, tamper with search results, even alter Web-based information in order to spread propaganda."

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