Google Behind Tool to Detect ISP Blocking

It’s no secret that Google is an avid supporter of net neutrality legislation. Now, in an effort to further their cause, they’ve partnered with he New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, the PlanetLab Consortium, and academic researchers to create M-Lab (Measurement Lab).

M-Lab is designed to help detect whether an internet service provider (ISP) is blocking an internet application. This type of research has been attempted before, but Google says the lack of resources such as servers has held the research back.

That’s where Google comes in. They’ll be supplying 36 servers to 12 locations in the U.S. and Europe. M-Lab will collect data on the blocking or interference by ISPs of user internet use, including BitTorrent.

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