[tor-project] OONI Monthly Report: July 2019

Maria Xynou maria at openobservatory.org
Tue Aug 13 10:53:06 UTC 2019


In July 2019, the OONI team made progress on many fronts: fast-path
pipeline, RSS feed generator, OONI Probe mobile and desktop apps, new
OONI Explorer, OONI Probe Orchestration System, ndt7, and on making OONI
Probe testing more resilient to network outages. We also held a team
meeting to roadmap for the next 12 months, and we attended the Tor
Meeting and the Citizen Lab Summer Institute (CLSI). Further details are
provided below.

## Progress on fast-path pipeline

Currently the OONI data processing pipeline takes ~24 hours to publish
new measurements from around the world. Our aim is to reduce this
latency to less than daily.

To this end, we have been working on the implementation of a fast-path
pipeline: https://github.com/ooni/spec/issues/145

As part of ingesting metadata from OONI Probe tests, the fast-path does
feature extraction for Web Connectivity. As new OONI Probe tests are
shipped, more logic can be added for the other tests.

The fast-path also aims at increasing performance compared to the
existing implementation and will eventually allow the reprocessing of
previously collected data, including newer test types (such as instant
messaging tests).

The new pipeline adds more flexible heuristics and implements blocking
event detection that will be used by the RSS Feed generator, OONI
Explorer, and other projects.

## Progress on RSS Feed generator

Progress was made on implementing an RSS feed generator for confirmed
instances of blocking based on metrics calculated in the OONI data
processing pipeline.

This work can be found here: https://github.com/ooni/pipeline/pull/204

## Progress on OONI Probe mobile apps

In preparation for the OONI Probe Mobile 2.2.0 release, we implemented
the following:
On Android:

* Faster measurement resubmission:
* API to fetch measurement URL:
* Tests with json: https://github.com/ooni/probe-android/pull/244

On iOS:
* Faster measurement resubmission:
* Bug fixes: https://github.com/ooni/probe-ios/pull/301
* Call delete function: https://github.com/ooni/probe-ios/pull/300
* Log file removal: https://github.com/ooni/probe-ios/pull/299
* API to fetch measurement URL: https://github.com/ooni/probe-ios/pull/293
* Tests with json: https://github.com/ooni/probe-ios/pull/292

We released the 2.2.0-beta TestFlight for OONI Probe on iOS.

## Progress on OONI Probe desktop apps

We continued to make progress on the OONI Probe desktop apps:
https://github.com/ooni/probe-desktop/pull/32 &

We started adding support for auto-update:

We also released an updated version of the beta:

## Progress on revamping OONI Explorer

In preparation for the launch of the revamped OONI Explorer, we
continued to make a series of improvements to the beta
(https://explorer-beta.ooni.io/) throughout July 2019. More
specifically, we merged the following pull requests:


During the Citizen Lab Summer Institute (CLSI), we facilitated a session
where we provided a sneak peek to the beta version of the new OONI
Explorer, during which participants shared very useful feedback. We will
be incorporating most of the feedback before the stable release.

## Making OONI Probe testing more resilient to network outages

As part of our goal to make OONI Probe testing more resilient to network
outages (i.e. being able to run some OONI Probe tests even when there is
limited or missing internet connectivity), we have been working on a
series of activities (such as adding support for re-uploading
(non-uploaded) measurements: https://github.com/ooni/probe/issues/838 &

During July 2019, we made progress on the following:

* Improving the manual measurement upload performance:
* Ensuring that measurement-kit works during network outages:
https://github.com/measurement-kit/measurement-kit/issues/1866 (MK
v0.10.5: https://github.com/measurement-kit/measurement-kit/milestone/20)
* Faster development cycles:

## Progress on ndt7

We continued to make progress on the development of ndt7 (next
generation speed test):
https://github.com/m-lab/ndt7-client-go/issues/16 &

##  Progress on Probe Orchestration

We continued to make progress on the OONI Probe Orchestration System and
we made a release with improvements:

In 0.3.0 we added support for returning the full list of URLs by
default, making it possible for clients to test the full URL list.

## Tor Meeting

The OONI team traveled to Stockholm, Sweden, to attend the Tor Meeting
between 12th-14th July 2019:

As part of the Tor Meeting, we participated in the following sessions:

* State of the Onion: We presented OONI's work over the last months
(since the last Tor Meeting in Mexico)

* Anti-censorship: Collaborating with Tor's new anti-censorship team on
making Tor more resilient to censorship (for example, through the
development on new OONI Probe tests for pluggable transports)

* Responding faster to emergent censorship events

* User research coordination with local communities

## OONI Team Meeting

Given that the Tor Meeting was only hosted for 3 days this time and that
the OONI team is quite distributed geographically, we used most of the
Tor Meeting to facilitate OONI sessions as part of the OONI Team Meeting.

The OONI Team Meeting consisted of the following sessions:

* Roadmap for the next 12 months

* OONI Probe Desktop: Next Steps

* OONI Probe Mobile: Next Steps

* OONI Explorer: Next Steps

* OONI Pipeline Priorities

* OONI Infrastructure: Next Steps

* New OONI Probe nettests

* OONI Needs

* Fundraising

The notes from the sessions of the OONI Team Meeting are available here:

## Community activities

### Citizen Lab Summer Institute (CLSI)

OONI's Sarath, Arturo, and Maria participated at the Citizen Lab Summer
Institute (CLSI) in Toronto, Canada, between 31st July to 2nd August
2019 (https://citizenlab.ca/summerinstitute-2019/).

At the CLSI, we facilitated the following sessions:

1. Presenting network measurements, the new OONI Explorer & beyond,

2. Censorship Measurement Campaigns: A decentralized approach to
measuring and responding to internet censorship events,

### Blog post about OONI

Redes Ayuda published a blog post (in Spanish) about OONI:

## Userbase

In July 2019, OONI Probe was run 356,191 times from 5,090 different
vantage points in 205 countries around the world.

This information can also be found through our stats:

~ The OONI team.

Maria Xynou
Research & Partnerships Director
Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI)
PGP Key Fingerprint: 2DC8 AFB6 CA11 B552 1081 FBDE 2131 B3BE 70CA 417E

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