Understanding Internet Access in the Developing World
Ihsan Qazi (LUMS)
Host: Anderson
Thursday, April 12, 2018, 12:00 pm
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In this talk, I will present my recent research on Internet access in
developing countries. In the first half of my talk, I will present a study
on the characteristics of mobile devices in developing regions. Using a
dataset of 0.5 million subscribers from one of the largest cellular
operators in Pakistan, I will present an analysis of cell phones being used
based on different features (e.g., CPU, memory, and cellular interface).
Our analysis reveals potential device-level bottlenecks for Internet
access, which can inform infrastructure design for improving mobile web
performance. (This work appeared in ACM IMC 2016) Another accessibility
challenge in developing countries is the rise in Internet censorship
events, which can have a substantial impact on various stakeholders in the
Internet ecosystem (e.g., users, content providers, ISPs, and advertisers).
In the second half of my talk, I will discuss how Internet censorship poses
an economic threat to online advertising, which plays an essential role in
enabling the free Web by allowing publishers to monetize their services.
Then I will describe a system we designed that enables relevant ads while
retaining the effectiveness of censorship resistance tools (e.g., Tor).
(This work appeared in ACM HotNets 2017)
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