OONI Community Video

We are happy to celebrate OONI’s 10th anniversary together with our amazing community, who have been at the heart of our work over the past decade.

Today, we are excited to share a new video with OONI community members, where they discuss how OONI has been useful to their work, while sharing what they would like to see OONI do in the future.

Andrés Azpúrua, Venezuela Inteligente

Andrés is the co-founder and Director of Venezuela Inteligente, a non-profit organization that aims to facilitate information, communication and collaboration between citizens and civil society organizations to create impact from a non-partisan perspective. They promote, facilitate and develop digital tools, improving access to information, collaboration and responsiveness, empowering organizations, activists and citizens. They fight for the rights of Venezuelans online and offline.

Venezuela Inteligente is one of OONI’s most long-term partners, having led OONI measurement efforts in Venezuela since 2014. Through their VEsinFiltro project, Venezuela Inteligente investigates and documents internet censorship in Venezuela, using (along with custom scripts and tools) OONI Probe and OONI data.

Arthit Suriyawongkul, Thai Netizen Network

Arthit works with the Thai Netizen Network, a leading non-profit organization in Thailand that advocates for digital rights and civil liberties. Founded in December 2008, it grew out of a group of netizens who had concerns about limited internet freedom during post-coup governments. Its activities are based on five themes: access to information, freedom of opinion and expression, privacy, participatory internet governance, and rights over information resources.

Thai Netizen Network supported OONI activities by updating the country-specific test list for Thailand, coordinating censorship measurement, and conducting research projects focused on local internet censorship.

Arzu Geybulla, Azerbaijan Internet Watch

Arzu is a journalist from Azerbaijan focused on developments in Azerbaijan, Caucasus, and Turkey. In 2019, she launched Azerbaijan Internet Watch (AIW), an online platform tracking and mapping internet censorship and surveillance in real-time in Azerbaijan.

We have worked together closely since the launch of the project and were able to publish several reports on the state of internet censorship in Azerbaijan over the past years. More recently, we collaborated on research investigating the blocking of TikTok (based on OONI data) in both Armenia and Azerbaijan amid border clashes.

Davide Brunello, Independent researcher

Davide is a lawyer and independent researcher from Italy, who has been active in the OONI community for several years. We collaborated with Davide on measuring the blocking of the Gutenberg book publishing website in Italy.

Felicia Anthonio, Access Now

Felicia is the Campaign Manager of Access Now’s #KeepItOn campaign: a global coalition of more than 280 human rights organizations from 105 countries fighting internet shutdowns around the world. The #KeepItOn campaign was created to monitor and advocate against internet shutdowns, and support grassroots organizations with digital security training, circumvention tips and advocacy funding.

Since 2016, OONI has worked closely with the #KeepItOn campaign on coordinating censorship measurement efforts (particularly leading up to and during political events, which often trigger new censorship events) and on providing relevant OONI data in support of advocacy efforts around the world.

Gustavo Gus, Tor Project

Gus is the Community Team Lead at the Tor Project, a non-profit that advances human rights and freedoms by creating and deploying free and open source anonymity and privacy technologies.

The Tor network, which is free and open source, provides its users with online anonymity, privacy, and censorship circumvention. Tor software is designed to bounce communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers around the world, thereby hiding its users’ IP addresses and enabling them to circumvent online tracking and internet censorship.

OONI was born out of the Tor Project, back in 2011. Since then, we have actively collaborated on measuring Tor reachability around the world.

Igor Valentovitch, Netalitica

Igor is the founder and Director of Netalitica, which works on improving the Citizen Lab test lists (used by OONI Probe), enhancing the quality of censorship measurement research around the world. Over the last few years, more than 50 country-specific test lists were reviewed and updated by the efforts of the researchers engaged by Netalitica.

Kelly Koh, Sinar Project

Kelly is a Programme Officer with Sinar Project, a civic tech initiative using open technology, open data and policy analysis to systematically make important information public and more accessible to the Malaysian people. They aim to improve governance and encourage greater citizen involvement in the public affairs of the nation by making the Parliament and the Malaysian Government more open, transparent and accountable.

Sinar Project is one of OONI’s most long-term partners, having led OONI community engagement efforts in Southeast Asia over the past decade. We have collaborated with Sinar Project on numerous research reports (using OONI data) on internet censorship in Southeast Asia. Sinar Project has updated many country-specific test lists for Southeast Asia, engaged local communities with OONI censorship measurement research, and coordinated censorship measurement campaigns during elections in multiple countries in the region.

Based on OONI data, Sinar Project created the Southeast Asia Censorship Dashboard project, which tracks and documents internet shutdowns reported across Southeast Asia. Sinar Project is currently running the Internet Monitoring Action Project (iMAP) which investigates internet censorship in Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong, Myanmar and India through the use of OONI tools and OONI data.

Ksenia Ermoshina, Center for Internet and Society (CIS), Citizen Lab, eQualitie, DeltaChat

Ksenia is a researcher engaged in multiple projects. Her primary field of research is sociology of technology and she is mostly focused on information control technologies: censorship, surveillance, circumvention tools, especially in occupied regions of Ukraine.

In 2018, Ksenia collaborated with Igor Valentovitch on analyzing OONI data to investigate and compare internet censorship in occupied Crimea and Russia.

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Radhika Jhalani, Software Freedom Law Centre India

Radhika is a digital rights activist and lawyer with the Software Freedom Law Centre, India (SFLC.in), a nonprofit legal services organization that brings together lawyers, policy analysts, technologists, and students to protect freedom in the digital world. SFLC.in promotes innovation and open access to knowledge by helping developers make great Free and Open Source Software, protect privacy and civil liberties for citizens in the digital world by educating and providing free legal advice and help policy makers make informed and just decisions with the use and adoption of technology.

SFLC.in runs the India Internet Shutdowns project, which tracks and documents internet shutdowns reported across India. In 2021, the Indian government suspended internet services in multiple regions across the country due to the ‘Farmers’ protests’. OONI measurements supported the report and petition against the shutdown to the government.

Vianney Forewah, COMPSUDEV

Vianney is a digital rights activist and Executive Director of Community Participation in Sustainable Development (COMPSUDEV), a non-profit association in Cameroon that sets out to empower youths and communities through sustainable livelihood programs in the domain of digital rights, digital security, ICT and Open Access to the internet.

We have worked together since 2019 on collecting OONI measurements from Cameroon and coordinating censorship measurement efforts across the country.

About the OONI community

The OONI community includes developers, researchers, activists, journalists, human rights organizations and translators interested in tracking, analyzing and fighting internet censorship around the world.

Our community includes individuals and organizations working on research, policymaking, advocacy and software development in the internet freedom field. Throughout the years, they supported OONI with:

If you are interested to learn more about our community, please check our partners network and find more interviews with our community members on our YouTube channel.

As part of our 10th Ooniversary Events, we had the opportunity to host a live-streamed event where several OONI community members briefly shared how they have used OONI tools and data as part of their work.

If you would like to participate in our community, there are many ways you can get involved! We also encourage you to join us on Slack and sign-up for the ooni-talk mailing list to participate in community discussions and receive updates.

Huge thanks to all OONI community members for making our work possible!