Hello Tor people! This is what OONI was up in September 2016.
# OONI Monthly Report: September 2016 The OONI team made steady progress in September 2016. Some highlights include the creation of IM tests, the establishment of partnerships covering 6 additional countries and the release candidate for ooniprobe 2.0, which enables users to run ooniprobe from a web user interface. ## Instant messaging (IM) tests We are excited to have created two new tests which enable users to examine the reachability of WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. The specifications of each test can be found through the following links: 1. WhatsApp test: https://github.com/TheTorProject/ooni-probe/pull/610 2. Facebook Messenger test: https://github.com/TheTorProject/ooni-probe/pull/610 ## ooniprobe 2.0 release candidate The release candidate of ooniprobe 2.0 is out! The latest version of our software includes a web user interface (UI) that enables (Mac & Linux) users to run tests with the click of a button, view the results of their measurements, and learn how to circumvent the detected types of censorship. Upon first installation, users are presented with a set-up wizard that includes information about potential risks associated with the use of ooniprobe. We acquire users' consent by requiring them to answer certain quiz questions correctly (once they've read the relevant "Risks" documentation in the wizard) as a prerequisite to using our software. Once users have read about risks and answered the quiz correctly, they are then presented with configuration options that enable them to make choices in terms of which data to share, how to upload their measurements (via Tor hidden services, cloud-fronting, or HTTPS collectors), and whether to have their measurements published or not. The release candidate is currently being tested by our users and can be viewed here: https://github.com/TheTorProject/ooni-probe/releases/tag/v2.0.0-rc.3 We expect to make a stable release in October, at which point we will announce it through the publication of a relevant blog. ## New partnerships We have established partnerships with local non-profit organizations covering the following 6 additional countries: 1. Uganda 2. Pakistan 3. Chad 4. Gabon 5. Chile 6. South Korea To establish these partnerships, we signed MoUs (Memorandum of Understanding) with local non-profit organizations that work in these countries. For security reasons, we will not disclose the names of these specific organizations in this document. We distributed Raspberry Pis containing ooniprobe's distribution ("Lepidopter") and we have already started collecting daily measurements from some of these countries. ## Test lists In light of our new partnerships, we updated and created new test lists including URLs that are relevant to each partner country. These test lists include the following: 1. Uganda: https://github.com/citizenlab/test-lists/blob/master/lists/ug.csv 2. Pakistan: https://github.com/citizenlab/test-lists/blob/master/lists/pk.csv 3. Chad: https://github.com/citizenlab/test-lists/blob/master/lists/td.csv 4. Gabon: https://github.com/citizenlab/test-lists/pull/86 5. Chile: https://github.com/citizenlab/test-lists/blob/master/lists/cl.csv 6. South Korea: https://github.com/citizenlab/test-lists/blob/master/lists/kr.csv 7. Bangladesh: https://github.com/citizenlab/test-lists/blob/master/lists/bd.csv We will continue to update test lists on an ongoing basis, in collaboration with our new partners. ## Research Throughout September we did research on network interferences in Zambia, Egypt, and Ethiopia. In collaboration with one of our partners, we wrote a report examining internet censorship during Zambia's 2016 elections. This report, along with shorter reports covering our research in Egypt and Ethiopia, will be published in October. ## Specification of the OONI data processing pipeline We outlined some of the challenges we face with the current implementation of the OONI data processing pipeline and outlined some technical solutions for the next iteration of it: https://github.com/TheTorProject/ooni-pipeline/blob/master/docs/pipeline-16.10.md. We also wrote a document outlining the architecture of the current data pipeline: https://github.com/TheTorProject/ooni-pipeline/blob/master/docs/architecture.md. ## Events ### OONI Southeast Asia workshop Our Malaysian partner (Sinar Project) facilitated a day-long OONI workshop (on 17th September) for organizations from Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Singapore. We supported this workshop through the provision of Raspberry Pis, which were set-up with ooniprobe's distribution ("Lepidopter") during the workshop. As a result of this workshop, we expect to expand our partnerships and start receiving daily measurements from the aforementioned Southeast Asian countries. ### TorDev meeting 2016 The OONI team attended the TorDev meeting in Seattle during the last week of September. As part of this meeting, we facilitated two sessions: 1. Examining the blocking of third-party apps 2. How to engage ooniprobe users in the most ethical way possible (i.e. how to improve OONI's "informed consent" documentation and procedures) & how to develop a methodology for risk assessment The first session included a discussion about different methodologies when testing the blocking of third-party, closed-source apps (such as WhatsApp). The discussion concluded that testing such apps via the VPN mode of other existing apps (such as Orbot) could be the most desirable approach. The second session included a discussion around OONI's current methodologies and documentation in regards to informing users about potential risks associated to the use of ooniprobe, and in regards to acquiring user consent. As part of this session, we received a lot of feedback on how to improve our current documentation and approaches and going forward, we will adopt many of them. ~ The OONI team
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