Measuring the Internet

Increasing the Internet’s reach, reliability, and resilience is a key part of our work.

We need accurate data and analysis on these things to understand how the Internet is evolving. Internet Society Pulse consolidates trusted, third-party Internet measurement data from many sources into a single website.

Launched in 2020, the platform offers insights, data-driven stories, and examines global Internet trends to help journalists, policymakers, civil society organizations, and everyone in-between understand the health, availability, and evolution of the Internet. We currently present metrics on Internet technologies, Internet shutdowns, Internet resilience, and market concentration.

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

Internet shutdowns, no matter how long they last, have a devastating impact on the economy. They disrupt productivity, prevent e-commerce, generate monetary losses in time-sensitive transactions, and increase unemployment. The Internet Society has developed the Pulse NetLoss calculator to provide everyone with a way to estimate the economic impact of an Internet shutdown 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
  • Presenting more data visualizations, in-depth analysis analysis, and data-driven stories
  • Publishing real-world stories of how people’s lives are affected by Internet shutdowns

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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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Follow Shutdown Events around the World

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

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Where Are New Technologies Being Adopted

See how top websites are adopting security measures.

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Learn More about Our Data Partners

Explore the different data sources used to provide insight into the Internet.

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