When I lived in Washington, DC, I was lucky enough to be on the same power grid as the local power company’s headquarters. During an outage, the utility’s site would show me a near-live map displaying how many customers were without power, where they were located and most importantly, where repair crews were headed next. Similar dashboards for centralized systems are all around us. When my car tires lose air pressure, my car tells me. When I order a package, FedEx tells me where it is. So where is our Internet dashboard? If I can find out that a package is being held in Buffalo, shouldn’t I know why my Internet packets didn’t make it to Beijing?
Continue reading “The challenges of censorship detection” by Ryan Budish, Project Director of Herdict.org and Berkman Center fellow, on Google’s Policy by the Numbers blog (“Data for sound policymaking from Google and friends”).