[Podcast] Taking the pulse of the Internet

By on 22 Feb 2024

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This time on PING we have Amreesh Phokeer from the Internet Society (ISOC) talking about a system they operate called Pulse. Pulse’s purpose is to assess the ‘resiliency’ of the Internet in a given locality.

We have discussed similar systems before on PING, including APNIC’s DASH service, aimed at resource-holding APNIC Members, and the MANRS project. Both of these take underlying statistics like resource distribution data, measurements of RPKI uptake, or BGP behaviours and present them to the community. In the case of MANRS, there’s a formalized ‘score’ that shows your ranking against current best practices.

The Pulse system measures resilience in four pillars: Infrastructure, Quality, Security, and Market Readiness. Some of these are ‘hard’ measures, similar to MANRS and DASH, but Pulse also includes ‘soft’ indicators like the economic impacts of design decisions in an economy of interest, the extent of competition, and less formally defined attributes like the amount of resiliency behind BGP transit. This allows the ISOC Pulse system to consider governance-related aspects of Internet development and has a simple scoring model that allows a single health metric analogous to the use of pulse and blood pressure by a physician to assess your condition, but this time applied to the Internet.

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