Research report 2009 - Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, Saarbrücken site

Glasnost: Bringing Transparency to the Internet

Authors
Marcel Dischinger; Krishna P. Gummadi
Departments
Summary
Residential broadband ISPs like DSL & cable are being used by hundreds of millions of people to access the Internet. Today, ISPs are deploying firewalls and traffic shapers to manipulate the performance of user traffic. Most ISPs do not reveal the details of their networks to their customers, preventing them from making an informed choice of their ISP. The goal of our Glasnost project is to make access networks more transparent to their customers. To date, more than a hundred thousand users world-wide used Glasnost to test if their ISPs are interfering with their peer-to-peer traffic.

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