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The Open Internet Project

 

 

 

 

 

About

The Open Internet Project was started by the Bangladesh and Dutch ISOC chapters in June 2012. The first edition of the app appeared in November 2012. The local version of the project in the Netherlands caused the app to generate over 40,000 tests, of which 10% is now under investigation. The Project received an ISOC Community Grant of 9,000 USD in 2012 and has been in the Dutch national press a number of times. See open.internet.nl.

What is it?

The Open Internet Project investigates the local state of the internet: whether often used applications such as VOIP, Whatsapp, Youtube, Bittorrent and Spotify are being blocked or obstructed by internet providers, and what the local technical quality of the internet is.. It does so with the participation of the general public, and it aims to start a public discussion on the results of the measurements, engaging authorities at the same time. Thus it hopes to bring to light the current and future policies governing internet quality and transparency.

Goal

Promote internet quality and internet transparency through engagement of the public.

Gain insight into the subject of internet quality and transparency, the policies governing it, and its future.

Geographical reach

The project will run in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Nepal.

Organization

Central project coordination.

Local teams, led by a full time project leaders and part time coworkers.

The organization will be perfectly suited to engage in hub activities as mentioned in the rfp:

Carry out surveys in cooperation with the Internet Policy Observatory .

Regularly provide news on Internet-policy-relevant developments within the region.

Part of the project will be to organize meetings, workshops and conferences related to the subject of internet quality and internet transparency.

How does it work?

Open Internet has built a smart phone app which is distributed amongst the general public. The app can support any language and can be used to examine any network. The backend distinguishes test results per country and  per provider. New tests on different protocols and ports can be implemented through a simple interface. The website has a multi language setup and specific country pages can be created very easily. The app currently supports English,Dutch, Romanian, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan, Arabic, Hebrew, Indonesian, Malayand Japanese.

Execution

The project works by operating national versions of Open Internet that are each led by a local team. The teams all operate with the same communications strategy.

Target groups

: The local community of internet professionals.

: The technical and general press.

: Internet providers including mobile telecom operators.

: Politicians and government bodies.

Phase 1

: Discuss the setup of the project/ask for input/involvement from the local community of internet professionals/experts, in order to improve the quality of the project and gain credibility within a community of experts.

: Set up the projects’ website and add content: why the project, testing of internet connections in general, progress, contributors etc.

Phase 2

: Organize a festive launch of the app. Involve a celebrity if possible. The launch focuses on the motives behind the project: to start a public discussion on the quality and transparancy of national  internet providers.

: Inform the media during the preparations for the launch, internet related publications are the most likely to be interested. Give them a sneak preview of what the project is about and about what kind of results one can expect.

: Invite Internet providers for an open discussion.

Phase 3

: Start and stimulate the public discussion using the test results as the central topic

: Promote the app by exchanging banners with appropriate organizations

: Use social media to publish the internet providers and the applications they blocked.

: Get in touch with government bodies to inform them about the test results.

: After engaging the internet related press, it is time to reach out to the general press, in order to reach a broader audience.

Phase 4

Evaluate the results by comparing the different projects in the respective countries and their outcome.

 

Contact

Alex Blom     |   openinternetnl@gmail.com  |   +31717110390   | open.internet.nl

Faisal Hasan | hasansf@gmail.com    |  jrjahangir@gmail.com

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