Feeling the Pressure: Understanding Global Internet Activity On Byte Into IT
Researchers at Monash University have created a global internet pressure map that measures the strain that COVID-19 is putting on internet infrastructure. The map is publicly available, and users can explore and download the data for different countries. Dr. Paul A. Raschky, Associate Professor at Monash Business School, joins Byte Into IT to talk about how the map came about and it what it can tell us. The map was originally created so that economists could analyse internet data to see if they could infer human behaviour. With internet activity data they can measure sleep and wake cycles and can predict these cycles of behaviour across the world. To collect this information, they send out pings to millions of devices a day to collect data, which they can then aggregate up into countries or cities and compare changes in internet activity across the globe. Originally, they wanted to see how the role out of the internet improves people’s livelihoods, how people behave when it comes to voting and how governments interfere with the internet. However, now the information can be used to see how COVID-19 is changing internet usage around the globe and to see which countries have high pressure.
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