Measuring the Internet

Increasing the Internet’s reach, reliability, and resilience is vital to our everyday lives.

We need accurate data and analysis to understand how the Internet is evolving to protect it from the forces that threaten it. Internet Society Pulse consolidates trusted, third-party Internet data from many sources into a single website.

The platform offers insights and data-driven stories and examines global Internet trends to help journalists, policymakers, civil society organizations, and everyone in between understand the Internet’s health, availability, and evolution. We currently present metrics on Internet technologies, Internet shutdowns, Internet resilience, and market concentration.

How Do Internet Shutdowns Affect the Economy, the Global Internet Infrastructure, and People’s Livelihoods?

No matter how long they last, Internet shutdowns have a devastating impact on the economy. They disrupt productivity, prevent e-commerce, and increase unemployment. The Internet Society has developed the Pulse NetLoss calculator to provide a way to estimate the economic impact of an Internet shutdown on a country and to demonstrate that they do more harm than good.

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Growing the Internet

Because we can’t have a thriving Internet without reliable data on the forces shaping it, we’re:

  • Adding new sources to Pulse and developing more partnerships with data providers and researchers to expand its dataset accuracy and coverage  
  • Presenting more data visualizations, in-depth analysis analysis, and data-driven stories  
  • Publishing stories that show how people’s lives are affected by Internet shutdowns. 

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How Healthy Is Your Country’s Internet?

Pulse Country Reports consolidate and illustrate data that Pulse collates from our data partners.

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Follow Shutdown Events around the World

Keep track of where government-mandated shutdowns are happening and why.

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How Resilient Is Your Country’s Internet?

Find out how your country scores on the Internet Resiliency Index.

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Where Are New Technologies Being Adopted

See how top websites are adopting security measures.

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