[tor-project] OONI Monthly Report: August 2019
maria at openobservatory.org
Tue Sep 3 15:49:02 UTC 2019
Below we share what the OONI team worked on in August 2019.
## Report on censorship events in Ethiopia
We published a research report documenting new censorship events in
Ethiopia, titled: "Resurgence of Internet Censorship in Ethiopia:
Blocking of WhatsApp, Facebook, and African Arguments".
The report is available here:
This report is a follow-up to our previous study, which documented the
blocking of WhatsApp and Telegram in Ethiopia in mid-June 2019:
## Progress on OONI Probe desktop app
We completed the integration of the new golang probe-engine into the
OONI Probe CLI that powers the desktop app:
We also did some more research and testing on auto-update support:
## Progress on OONI Probe mobile apps
We released the beta of OONI Probe Mobile v.2.2.0 (Android and iOS) for
The new version allows users to download JSON files from OONI Explorer,
copy OONI Explorer URLs, and it includes support for the auto-deletion
of measurement logs and JSON files that have already been uploaded.
We also started doing a bit of research on integrating react-native
which will allow us to maximize code-sharing between the OONI Probe
desktop and mobile apps.
## New test development
We implemented the OONI Probe Telegram test using the new golang engine,
paving the way to making it easier to implement new tests in go:
## 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 August 2019. More
specifically, we merged the following pull requests:
We also opened the following pull requests:
## Pipeline work
We fixed a major bug in the OONI data processing pipeline and ran the
backfilling process: https://github.com/ooni/pipeline/issues/214
As part of our work on this, we also improved the quality of end-to-end
tests in the pipeline:
This allows us to have greater confidence in deploying changes to the
data processing pipeline as we get ready to deploy the speed
improvements and add support for ingesting metadata from new tests.
We made progress in extracting metrics from the Telegram instant
messaging test: https://github.com/ooni/pipeline/pull/177
As part of the fast-path branch, we made progress on reducing the time
to process measurements and on the creation of events for the RSS feed:
## Infrastructure work
We did some work on cleaning up old deprecated machines, making it
easier to ensure that all our infrastructure is redeployable.
See: https://github.com/ooni/sysadmin/pull/338 &
During the Chaos Communication Camp (where we met in person), we
brainstormed on strategies to make our infrastructure more available.
## Community activities
### Chaos Communication Camp 2019
OONI's Arturo, Maria, and Federico traveled to Germany to attend the
Chaos Communication Camp 2019 (CCCamp) between 21st-25th August 2019:
At CCCamp, we facilitated an OONI session:
We also held an OONI hackathon:
During the hackathon, we engaged participants with OONI data analysis
and we discussed the development of new OONI Probe tests.
At CCCamp, we also hosted an OONI village
(https://events.ccc.de/camp/2019/wiki/Village:OONI), where we
distributed OONI t-shirts and stickers, collected community feedback on
OONI tools and methodologies, and otherwise engaged participants with
Our village was part of the About:freedom cluster
of multiple organizations defending digtial rights and promoting free
### OONI workshop in Venezuela
Our partner, IPYS Venezuela, held an OONI workshop in Venezuela for
local journalists (see:
As part of the workshop, they explained how to participate in censorship
measurement research through the use of OONI Probe and OONI data.
### OONI data presented at the Latin America and Caribbean Internet
Our partner, IPYS Venezuela, presented censorship findings from
Venezuela based on OONI data at the Latin America and Caribbean Internet
Through the use of OONI Probe, IPYS Venezuela documented hundreds of
censorship events in Venezuela throughout 2018.
Further information is available via their report:
### OONI outreach material for Bolivia
Our partner, Internet Bolivia.org, published outreach material in
Spanish to help promote the use of OONI Probe in Bolivia:
In August 2019, OONI Probe was run 375,421 times from 5,272 different
vantage points in 214 countries around the world.
This information can also be found through our stats:
~ The OONI team.
Research & Partnerships Director
Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI)
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