Measuring Internet Censorship with OONI tools and Open Data
Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI)
Through this course, you will learn how to measure internet censorship through the use of OONI tools. You will also learn how to access and interpret real-time OONI data on internet censorship around the world.
About this course:
Almost every country in the world experiences some form of internet censorship. What differs from country to country is which websites and apps are blocked, and the impact of their block. During elections and protests worldwide, governments frequently instruct the blocking of major social media platforms (such as WhatsApp and Facebook). In many countries, governments also instruct the blocking of independent news media, minority group websites, and several other online platforms. How can we monitor internet censorship around the world and keep those in power to account?
What do I learn:
This introductory course is intended to provide human rights defenders with knowledge and skills for investigating internet censorship around the world. You will learn how to measure internet censorship with OONI Probe and access and interpret OONI censorship measurement data.
What do I need to know:
No technical knowledge is required for this course! This is a beginner course intended for human rights defenders, journalists, and researchers interested in investigating and responding to internet censorship around the world.
Maria Xynou has worked with the Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI) since 2016, where she manages community engagement and research on internet censorship around the world. Previously, she worked with Tactical Tech where she created privacy and digital security resources, investigated the data industry, and facilitated digital security workshops for human rights defenders.
1.1 Introduction to course
2.1 What is internet censorship?
2.2 The problem of internet censorship
2.3 Some internet basics
2.4 How is internet censorship implemented?
3.1 Why measure internet censorship?
3.2 How to measure internet censorship
3.3 Case study: Measuring internet censorship in Tanzania
4.1 What is OONI Probe?
4.2 Potential risks
4.3 Onboarding: Getting started with OONI Probe
4.4 Running OONI Probe
4.5 Accessing OONI Probe test results
4.6 Automated OONI Probe testing
4.7 Testing specific website categories
4.8 Testing the website(s) of your choice
4.9 OONI Probe app settings
5.1 Interpreting OONI data
5.2 How OONI Probe checks website blocking
5.3 How OONI Probe checks the blocking of instant messaging apps
5.4 How OONI Probe checks the blocking of circumvention tools
5.5 Case study: Using OONI data as part of the #KeepItOn campaign
6.1 What is OONI Explorer?
6.2 Using the OONI Explorer Search Tool
6.3 Checking OONI data on the blocking of websites
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