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A First Look into Transnational Routing Detours

Author(s): Edmundson, Anne; Ensafi, Roya; Feamster, Nick; Rexford, Jennifer

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Abstract: An increasing number of countries are passing laws that facilitate the mass surveillance of their citizens. In response, governments and citizens are increasingly paying attention to the countries that their Internet traffic traverses. In some cases, countries are taking extreme steps, such as building new IXPs and encouraging local interconnection to keep local traffic local. We find that although many of these efforts are extensive, they are often futile, due to the inherent lack of hosting and route diversity for many popular sites. We investigate how the use of overlay network relays and the DNS open resolver infrastructure can prevent traffic from traversing certain jurisdictions.
Publication Date: Aug-2016
Citation: Edmundson, Anne, Roya Ensafi, Nick Feamster, and Jennifer Rexford. "A first look into transnational routing detours." In Proceedings of the 2016 ACM SIGCOMM Conference (2016): pp. 567-568. doi:10.1145/2934872.2959081
DOI: 10.1145/2934872.2959081
Pages: 567 - 568
Type of Material: Conference Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Proceedings of the 2016 ACM SIGCOMM Conference
Version: Author's manuscript

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