OONI's recent participation at events in Africa, India, and Europe
Maria Xynou, Leonid Evdokimov
Over the last months, the OONI team had the opportunity to host
workshops, give presentations, and participate in discussions at the
following conferences and events:
These events provided us a great opportunity to meet many fascinating
people from various communities, learn about their work, form new
collaborations, and collect feedback for the improvement of our tools
This blog post summarizes our participation at these events.
Seminar at the University of Cape Town
Our 2018 conference marathon started off in South Africa.
On 16th February 2018, OONI’s Arturo and Maria hosted a
at the Computer Science department of the University of Cape Town. As
part of their seminar, they explained OONI’s network measurement
methodologies and how to analyze OONI data. The aim of this seminar was
to engage computer science students with the analysis of OONI’s expanding dataset.
More information about this seminar is available through its
which include an example of code on how to mine OONI data.
Internet Policy in Africa: Research Methods for Advocacy workshop
After South Africa, OONI’s Arturo and Maria traveled to Uganda to
participate in the “Internet Policy in Africa: Research Methods for Advocacy”
workshop in Kampala between 26th February 2018 to 3rd March 2018.
Organized by the Internet Policy Observatory (IPO) and Uganda’s CIPESA, this week-long workshop brought
together lawyers, policy makers, academic researchers, human rights
activists and technologists from multiple African countries. It
therefore provided us a unique opportunity to engage directly with a
variety of stakeholders, learn more about their work and needs, and to
better understand local challenges. We were thrilled to meet OONI
community members from Africa in person (with whom we had only
previously corresponded via email), and to meet many fascinating people
with whom we’re now forming new collaborations on the study of internet
As part of our participation at this event, we facilitated the following
Network Measurement Research: A 1.5 hour workshop explaining OONI methodologies
& presenting OONI censorship findings from various African countries (co-
facilitated with Moses Karanja)
Deep Dive: Network measurement data analysis: A 2.5 hour workshop teaching OONI
data analysis and interpretation (slides)
We also participated in a working group that designed a research project
examining the relationship of internet censorship with conflict
resolution in South Sudan.
Meanwhile, OONI’s Leonid traveled to Goa to attend
Nullcon, India’s annual security
conference. On 2nd March 2018, Leonid gave a
that provided a brief overview of OONI and which focused on some
information security incidents caused by the deployment of internet
filtering technologies. Further information is available via his
while the video recording of his talk will eventually be available via
the Nullcon archives.
Internet Freedom Festival (IFF) 2018
Upon returning to Europe, several members of the OONI team joined the
internet freedom community at the Internet Freedom Festival (IFF) in Spain during the first
week of March 2018.
As part of our participation at the IFF, we (co-)facilitated and
participated in the following:
We also hosted an OONI Partners Meetup to meet and greet with our
partners and to address OONI related questions. Following our partners’
requests, we facilitated a session explaining how to use OONI Explorer and interpret
This year OONI was an IFF partner and we helped
organize the social evening on 7th March 2018,
where Arturo put on a live modular synthesizer performance.
Our participation at all these events left us feeling inspired and ready
to brainstorm on next steps. The Tor Meeting in Rome
conveniently took place right after, providing our (distributed) team
the opportunity to meet in person to work on (improving) our roadmap for
the next six months.
We also facilitated the following
at the latest Tor Meeting:
Building communities to measure & respond to global censorship events
(discussion of challenges & brainstorming on strategies)
OONI Tor vanilla + Tor launcher: One click to solve all censorship problems!
OONI’s internet blackout methodology
OONI Censorship Alert System
OONI data analysis
helped us collect more fine-grained feedback for our upcoming
We are thankful to the Forte Prenestino residents for hosting the
Tor Relay Operators Meetup,
and to the organizers of all the events that we participated in over the
last months. We also thank participants and community members for their
feedback, stories, ideas, and enthusiasm to help build a better internet