Google Awards Georgia Tech $1 Million to Create More Internet Transparency, Minimize Censorship


Clearly frustrated with the recent episodes in Egypt and Libya, Google is fighting back against government-inspired Internet censorship. On Tuesday, the search engine giant awarded a $1 million research grant to Georgia Tech to create a more "transparent" global Web experience.

The Atlanta-based institution will receive the two-year unrestricted Google Research Focused Award with a third-year option for an additional $500,000 if the company believes that more work needs to be done.

Specifically, the team of researchers will work to build a suite of "Web-based, Internet-scale measurement tools" that will enable users from across the globe to identify whether their Web data is being corrupted by governments or Internet service providers. The free set of tools should also allow users to find out if their ISP is providing the level of service that they are paying for.

Wenke Lee, a professor in the School of Computer Science and a principal investigator for the research, said that the project is designed to enable a more "transparency ecosystem."

"For example, say something happens again like what happened in Egypt recently, when the Internet was essentially shut down," Lee said. "If we have a community of Internet user-participants in that country, we will know instantly when a government or ISP starts to block traffic, tamper with search results, even alter web-based information in order to spread propaganda."

The grant is not just to keep governments from tampering with or shutting down the Internet, however. Lee and colleagues will use the grant to analyze the performance of user networks and compare them to the performance that was originally pledged by the ISP. The researchers will also evaluate the "reachability" of the Internet from various access networks as well as the integrity of the data that travels along them.

Fellow principal investigator Nick Feamster said the team will be looking at both traditional and cellular-based Web connections.

Beecher Tuttle is a TechZone360 contributor. He has extensive experience writing and editing for print publications and online news websites. He has specialized in a variety of industries, including health care technology, politics and education. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

TechZone360 Contributor

Related Articles

Coding and Invention Made Fun

By: Special Guest    10/12/2018

SAM is a series of kits that integrates hardware and software with the Internet. Combining wireless building blocks composed of sensors and actors con…

Read More

Facebook Marketplace Now Leverages AI

By: Paula Bernier    10/3/2018

Artificial intelligence is changing the way businesses interact with customers. Facebook's announcement this week is just another example of how this …

Read More

Oct. 17 Webinar to Address Apache Spark Benefits, Tools

By: Paula Bernier    10/2/2018

In the upcoming webinar "Apache Spark: The New Enterprise Backbone for ETL, Batch and Real-time Streaming," industry experts will offer details on clo…

Read More

It's Black and White: Cybercriminals Are Spending 10x More Than Enterprises to Control, Disrupt and Steal

By: Cynthia S. Artin    9/26/2018

In a stunning new report by Carbon Black, "Hacking, Escalating Attacks and The Role of Threat Hunting" the company revealed that 92% of UK companies s…

Read More

6 Challenges of 5G, and the 9 Pillars of Assurance Strategy

By: Special Guest    9/17/2018

To make 5G possible, everything will change. The 5G network will involve new antennas and chipsets, new architectures, new KPIs, new vendors, cloud di…

Read More