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Internet Measurements and Public Policy: Mind the Gap

7 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2013  

Hadi Asghari

Delft University of Technology - Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management

Michel van Eeten

Delft University of Technology

Milton Mueller

Georgia Institute of Technology

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

Large and impressive data collection efforts often fail to make their data useful for answering policy questions. In this paper, we argue that this is due to a systematic gap between the ways measurement engineers think about their data, and how other disciplines typically make use of data. We recap our own efforts to use the data generated by a number of such projects to address questions of Internet and telecommunication policy, and based on our experience, propose five points for engineers to consider when building measurement systems to reduce the gap. Ignoring the gap means that fewer researchers use the data and significantly lowers a project’s impact on policy debates and outcomes.

Keywords: internet measurement, datasets, telecom policy, internet governance, multidisciplinary research, quantiative analysis, cybersecurity economics

Suggested Citation

Asghari, Hadi and van Eeten, Michel and Mueller, Milton, Internet Measurements and Public Policy: Mind the Gap (2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2294456 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2294456

Hadi Asghari (Contact Author)

Delft University of Technology - Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management ( email )

P.O. Box 5015
2600 GB Delft
Netherlands

Michel Van Eeten

Delft University of Technology ( email )

PO Box 5015
Delft, 2600GA
Netherlands

Milton Mueller

Georgia Institute of Technology ( email )

School of Public Policy
Atlanta, GA 30332
United States
404-385-4281 (Phone)

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