People say, Internet in the Philippines is bad. Really, really bad. Like nobody wants to go to the dentist, because it hurts, and between that and Philippine Internet, a trip to the dentist is like, a no school day. But that’s user perception. No data to quantify the assessment. How do you get data?
Introducing Measurement Lab. They are an open platform, that researchers can use to measure internet. What they hope to achieve, by “enhancing Internet transparency,” help make broadband use much better. So who are the guys behind them? People like Google, and Skype, The New America Foundation, and yes, even folks from BitTorrent. On the steering committee too is the “father of the Internet”, Vint Cerf.
The goal is to share information, and to understand the State of the Internet.
Test your internet connectivity, and share that information. The more we understand how good or bad Internet is, the better we can get policy makers, researchers, and companies to act and improve services when need be.
To better understand what Measurement Lab is, checkout this youtube video:
Click here to use Glasnost. This software “attempts to detect whether your Internet access provider is performing application-specific traffic shaping. Currently, you can test if your ISP is throttling or blocking email, HTTP or SSH transfer, Flash video, and P2P apps including BitTorrent, eMule and Gnutella.”