The Neubot Project

Neubot
Status: 
ongoing
Period: 
June 2008 - present
Funding: 
About 112,000 € in the 2012-2017 period
Funding organization: 

Regione Piemonte (research grant), Measurement Lab/Google (two distinct unrestricted grants)

Executive summary: 

Neubot is a R&D project that studies the Internet by running measurements from the edges. We study broadband performance, network neutrality, and Internet censorship.

We commit to write open source software and to publish the data collected by our software as open data. We wrote and now maintain the neubot software. We actively contribute to MeasurementKit, NetworkMeter, and ooni-probe.

We cooperate with Measurement Lab (which hosts neubot servers and has funded in the past our activities), the OONI project, and Portolan. We organized the NNTools2015 workshop held here at Nexa Center.

Background: 

Neubot started in 2008 to study network neutrality. That is, the principle that the Internet should treat all packets equally, without any discrimination dependent on the protocol, the application or the source.

The scientific interest for network neutrality was motivated by the desire to understand this key characteristic of the internet that, according to many scholars, is a precondition for an open, generative Internet.

The seminal paper by De Martin and Glorioso described the conceptual architecture of Neubot. The first prototype of the neubot software was written by Mr. Gianluigi Pignatari Ardila. Simone Basso joined the Nexa Center in 2010 and continued the development during his doctorate on network measurements under the supervision of prof. De Martin.

Since 2014 the scope of Neubot (as a project) was expanded to also encompass Internet-censorship measurements activities. This happened during the MORFEO subproject of which the OONI project was also partner.

Objectives: 
Results: 

See quarterly reports on Neubot's blog.

Related Publications:
Simone Basso, Antonio Servetti, Enrico Masala, Juan Carlos De Martin
21-24 March 2014
Proceedings of the ACM Multimedia Systems (MMSys) 2014
Giuseppe Futia, Enrico Zimuel, Simone Basso, Juan Carlos De Martin
3 March 2014
Mondo Digitale
Giuseppe Futia, Enrico Zimuel, Simone Basso, Juan Carlos De Martin
18 - 20 September 2013
Congresso Nazionale AICA 2013, Salerno, Italy
Enrico Masala, Antonio Servetti, Simone Basso, Juan Carlos De Martin
1 September 2013
New Trends in Databases and Information Systems
Simone Basso, Michela Meo, Juan Carlos De Martin
1 July 2013
ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review
Simone Basso, Michela Meo, Antonio Servetti, Juan Carlos De Martin
17 August 2012
2nd ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Measurements Up and Down the Stack (W-MUST)
Simone Basso, Antonio Servetti and Juan Carlos De Martin
16 November 2011
Congresso AICA 2011
Simone Basso, Antonio Servetti and Juan Carlos De Martin
1 July 2011
IEEE 16th International Symposium on Computers and Communications
Simone Basso, Antonio Servetti, e Juan Carlos De Martin
29 - 30 September, 1 October 2010
Congresso AICA 2010, L'Aquila, Italy
Andrea Glorioso e Valentin Vitkov
29 November 2008
Diritto dell'informazione e dell'informatica
Juan Carlos De Martin e Andrea Glorioso
26-28 June 2008
IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, Fredericton (Canada)

Every four(ish) months we write quarterly activity reports on our blog. We develop using GitHub. To follow our development activities you'd better follow our core people on GitHub.