an Open Internet
Ben Scott: Open Technology Institute
Openness is crucial
● The Internet is vast, decentralized, and dynamic.
● Hence, measuring Internet performance is a
● Complicated science requires collaboration,
peer review, and above all, replicable results.
Openness makes this possible.
M-Lab: a diverse partnership
supporting open network research
● Open, verifiable, public data and tools
● Facts at scale
700+ terabytes of raw, complex public data,
● Open, global infrastructure
designed and managed specifically for
M-Lab's diverse suite of tools
12 tools, more on the way
NDT, Glasnost, Shaperprobe, Neubot, and more
MobiPerf, NDT, more on the way
Multiple vantages and methodologies provide important layers
of meaning. There is no one way to measure. The key to any
choice is to ensure that it's open and verifiable.
Global servers mean global data
100+ global servers, and growing. A bird's eye view:
● Austria, RTR
Mobile tool using NDT, supporting M-Lab servers
● Cyprus, OCECPR
Adopting Hyperion dashboard, supporting M-Lab servers
● European Commission
SamKnows study running on M-Lab
● Greece, EETT
Hyperion dashboard using M-Lab's NDT and Glasnost tools,
supporting M-Lab servers
● Thailand, NBTC
Initial stages, supporting M-Lab servers to gather open data
● US, FCC
Consumer Broadband Test, Measuring Broadband America report
Regulatory resources, available right
now to everyone
Use the available data. M-Lab offers a huge,
rich dataset (700+ terabytes). You can shed light
on problems reported by a consumer right now (or before
consumers report anything!).
● Compare consumer reports to the available data.
● Engage with researchers and other experts to examine
the data and see what it says.
● If needed, conduct more targeted studies to learn more.
Visit: measurementlab.net/visualization, measurementlab.net/data
Key take-away: openness first
Any measurement solution must be open.
1. Open-source tools
2. Openly available data
3. Open, consistent infrastructure
4. Open analysis
5. Open collaboration with researchers and other
M-Lab isn't the only way, it's just the biggest and most well-
How can you get involved?
1. Make it clear that "Openness" must be a
requirement for any national regulator's measurement
2. Partner with M-lab. Engage with the data, host a
server, adopt an M-Lab tool, (or suggest another way).
3. Engage with university researchers to answer your
questions openly, using open data.
4. Tell M-Lab and Internet researchers what you need.
The platform is there, the tools can be built.
Do you want to know more?
A community is waiting to answer your questions
● Ask now, or
● talk to us later today, or
● visit the M-Lab site, or
● contact us directly in the future