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Workshop on Overcoming Measurement Barriers to Internet Research (WOMBIR 2021) Final Report
kc claffy, David Clark, Fabián E
USC/Information Sciences Institute

Citation

kc claffy, David Clark, Fabián E. Bustamante, John Heidemann, Mattijs Jonker, Aaron Schulman and Ellen Zegura. Workshop on Overcoming Measurement Barriers to Internet Research (WOMBIR 2021) Final Report. ACM Computer Communication Review. 51, 3 (Jul. 2021). [PDF] [alt PDF]

Abstract

In January and April 2021 we held the Workshop on Overcoming Measurement Barriers to Internet Research (WOMBIR) with the goal of understanding challenges in network and security data set collection and sharing. Most workshop attendees provided white papers describing their perspectives, and many participated in short-talks and discussion in two virtual workshops over five days. That discussion produced consensus around several points. First, many aspects of the Internet are characterized by decreasing visibility of important network properties, which is in tension with the Internet’s role as critical infrastructure. We discussed three specific research areas that illustrate this tension: security, Internet access; and mobile networking. We discussed visibility challenges at all layers of the networking stack, and the challenge of gathering data and validating inferences. Important data sets require longitudinal (long-term, ongoing) data collection and sharing, support for which is more challenging for Internet research than other fields. We discussed why a combination of technical and policy methods are necessary to safeguard privacy when using or sharing measurement data. Workshop participant proposed several opportunities to accelerate progress, some of which require coordination across government, industry, and academia.

Bibtex Citation

@article{Claffy21a,
  author = {kc claffy and Clark, David and Bustamante, Fabi{\'a}n E. and Heidemann, John and Jonker, Mattijs and Schulman, Aaron and Zegura, Ellen},
  title = {Workshop on Overcoming Measurement Barriers
                    to {Internet} Research ({WOMBIR} 2021) Final Report},
  journal = {ACM Computer Communication Review},
  year = {2021},
  sortdate = {2021-07-16},
  project = {ant, wombir},
  jsubject = {topology_modeling},
  volume = {51},
  number = {3},
  xpages = {xxx},
  month = jul,
  location = {johnh: pafile},
  keywords = {network measurement, wireless, broadband
                    access, economics},
  xxxdoi = {tbd},
  otherurl = {https://www.caida.org/catalog/papers/2021_wombir2021_report/wombir2021_report.pdf},
  url = {https://www.isi.edu/%7ejohnh/PAPERS/Claffy21a.html},
  pdfurl = {https://www.isi.edu/%7ejohnh/PAPERS/Claffy21a.pdf},
  blogurl = {https://ant.isi.edu/blog/?p=1770},
  myorganization = {USC/Information Sciences Institute},
  copyrightholder = {authors}
}
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