- December 15, 2016 – OpenMedia launches their “See where your data travels” platform and video
- October 22, 2016 – “Mass state surveillance and global internet governance,” based on IXmaps research, is presented at Global Perspectives China Practice: First International Collaborative Forum on Internet Governance, Beijing. See here for subsequent paper
- October 4, 2016 – “Challenging mass state surveillance with transparency, obfuscation and accountability,” is presented at Dig.IT CRYPTO 2.0, IT University of Copenhagen
- September 30, 2016 – “IXmaps.ca: Making mass internet surveillance visible,” is presented at PROSA, Copenhagen
- September 22, 2016 – IXmaps presentation on the Expert Panel on the Future of the Internet in Canada at Canadians Connected 2016, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority's (CIRA) Symposium and AGM, Toronto
- August 19, 2016 – Meghan Sali from OpenMedia.ca discusses the importance of the many issues that the IXmaps project addresses
- June 9, 2016 – Press Release - IXmaps receives funding through CIRA’s Community Investment Program for project on “Opening the IXmaps internet mapping platform for collaborative development and use”
- April 21, 2016 – Announcement of Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) funding for OpenMedia’s Cloud Atlas: A Citizen’s Guide to Online Privacy and Surveillance Using IXmaps project
- December 11, 2015 through January 30, 2016 - IXmaps is being showcased at the Pratt Manhattan Galley exhibition Little Sister (is watching you, too)
- December 17, 2015 - a lot of press coverage following the launch with OpenMedia.ca. IXmaps made the front page on BoingBoing and was featured in The Register and MetroNews, among others
- December 16, 2015 - Press Release - Launch of IXmaps.ca with OpenMedia.ca
- June 26, 2015 - CIRA blog post discussing the role of local peering in a national internet mentions the IXmaps project
- March 27, 2015 - TechVibes highlights the importance of data privacy and transparency through a discussion of the recent Transparency report
- March 12, 2015 - Press Release - The IXmaps project is proud to announce the release of the its 2014 report on the Data Privacy Transparency of Canadian Internet Service Providers titled Keeping Internet Users in the Know of in the Dark
- February 04, 2015 - Toronto Star profiled IXmaps as part of the newspaper's segment on privacy
- May 30, 2014 - Press Release - IXmaps receives funding through the Canadian Internet Registration Authority's (CIRA) Community Investment Program to further develop its on-line platform for visualizing the physical and organizational aspects of Canadian internet routing
- April 01, 2014 - Computer Dealer News covers IXmaps and the transparency report Keeping Internet Users in the Know or in the Dark in a recent article
- February 11, 2014 - Press Release - IXmaps endorses The Day We Fight Back: Mass Surveillance Must Stop
- August 30, 2013 – IXmaps research included on Harvard’s Nieman Lab “What's New in Digital Scholarship” 2013 list
- June 07, 2013 – Nancy Paterson is interviewed, and IXmaps is mentioned, in New Scientist’s “Spy program shows just how well US knows its people”
- October 13, 2012 – IXmaps is involved in the Ontario Science Centre's Hot Zone
- October 11, 2012 - Lee Rickwood discusses IXmaps at the Ontario Science Centre's 'Canadian Live Tech Demo'
- September 12, 2012 - CIRA publishes Towards Efficiencies in Canadian Internet Traffic Exchange which discusses what we term 'boomerang routing'
- August 29, 2012 - Mediacaster mentions IXmaps and its members (archived) while covering CIRA's concerns with Canadian IXPs and boomerang traffic
- July 31, 2012 - Lee Rickwood's Calgary Herald article (archived) focuses on IXmaps and boomerang routing
- July 10, 2012 - Florence de Borja's thoughtful discussion of How Are Canadians Affected By The USA Patriot Act And Cloud Computing? emphasizes many issues that the IXmaps project has hoped to expose
- July 3 2012 – IXmaps research is presented during the Surveillant Geographies session at the Royal Geographical Society's annual conference in Edinburgh
- June 2012 - The IXmaps team is greatly saddened by the unexpected passing of our dear friend and colleague, Erik "Possum" Stewart. Erik was a talented and fiercely intelligent member of our team, who possessed a considerable breadth of knowledge and experience. He will be greatly missed
- April 26, 2012 - Democracy Now!'s interview with Jacob Appelbaum references IXmaps
- February 7, 2012 – IXmaps hosts a session at the 2012 iConference, held at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
- May 15, 2011 – IXmaps is presented at Cyber Surveillance in Everyday Life: An International Workshop at the University of Toronto
- March 28, 2011 – Press Release - IXmaps debuts at Securing the Cyber Commons: A Global Dialogue, a cyber security forum held on Monday at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
Clement, A. "NSA Surveillance: Exploring the Geographies of Internet Interception", Proceedings of the iConference 2014, Berlin, Mar 4-7, 2014: available here
Obar, J.A. & Clement, A. "Internet surveillance and boomerang routing: A call for Canadian network sovereignty". Proceedings of the Technology and Emerging Media Division, Canadian Communication Association Conference, 2013, available at: available here *Included on the Harvard Nieman Lab's 'What's new in digital scholarship' list: available here
Obar, J.A. "Phantom data sovereigns: Walter Lippmann, big data and the fallacy of personal data sovereignty", under review.
Clement, A. “IXmaps – Tracking your personal data through the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping sites” IEEE - ISTAS conference, Toronto, June 26-27, 2013: available here
Paterson, N. “Veillances: protocols & network surveillance”, IEEE - ISTAS conference, Toronto, June 26-27, 2013: available here
Clement, A. "Privacy, NSA surveillance and Canadian internet 'boomerang' traffic: Policy implications for Canadian businesses and public institutions", presented at International Privacy Day, Toronto, January 28, 2014. A video of the presentation is available here and slides are available here
Obar, J.A., Shade, L.R. & Clement, A. "The strength of a broad-based coalition: How Canadian media reformists defeated Bill C-30". Presented at the Strategies for Media Reform: International Perspectives pre-conference, International Communication Association Conference, London, UK, 2013.
Obar, J.A. & Clement, A. "The IXmaps project: Confronting the mounting threats to Canadian network sovereignty". Presented at the Canadian Communication Association Conference, Victoria, BC, 2013.
Obar, J.A. “Big data and the fallacy of personal data sovereignty”, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association’s RightsWatch Conference, Ryerson University, 2013.
Obar, J.A. “Strategies for media reform: A call to action”, the Strategies for Media Reform: International Perspectives pre-conference, International Communication Association Conference, London, UK, 2013.
Obar, J.A. “Big data and the fallacy of personal data sovereignty”, the Technology and Intellectual Property Group Annual Conference, University of Toronto Law School, 2013.
IXmaps is in the Hot Zone at the
Ontario Science Centre.
Event date: Oct 13, 2012
IXmaps research was presented in the Surveillant Geographies session at
the Royal Geographical Society's annual conference in Edinburgh
Event dates: July 3 - July 5, 2012
IXmaps hosted an Alternative Event Session at the
2012 iConference, hosted by the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. A copy of the presentation can be
A copy of a presentation given at the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy's Cloud Computing Conference: Law and Policy Issues in the Cloud, from October, 2011, can be found here.
IXmaps was presented at Cyber Surveillance in Everyday Life: An International Workshop, held May 12 - 15, 2011, at the University of Toronto
To view a presentation on the IXmaps project (in .pdf format) at the Global Surveillance Society conference, City University, London, UK, April, 2010, please click here.
For a revised version of the paper presented at that conference, titled IXmaps: Interactively mapping NSA surveillance points in the internet “cloud”, please click here
IXmaps debuted at Securing the Cyber Commons: A Global Dialogue, a cyber security forum held on Monday, March 28, 2011, at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.
To download an IXmaps poster, click here
Projects that are similar in scope to IXmaps include the DIMES project from Tel Aviv University, the CAIDA Gtrace project, the Geographical Traceroute project and the University of Washington toolset (Rocketfuel, IPlace, Hubble, etc.)
List of telecom switches based on location (address/zip/LL) or CLLI. Many of these switches are data centers or IXPs - http://www.telcodata.us/
A great reverse lookup site - http://fixedorbit.com/search.htm
Huge list of hostname codes. Useful for parsing hostnames. Slightly out of date - http://www.sarangworld.com/TRACEROUTE/showdb.php
Another list of hostname codes. If it's not in Sarangworld, try here - http://ecee.colorado.edu/~mathys/ecen1200/hwcl05/router_acronyms.html
A community generated list of IXPs with exact addresses. Very useful for IXPs, occasionally datacentres - https://www.peeringdb.com/
A non-profit listing of IXPs, with supporting stats like traffic volume. Also other useful sections, with papers, utilities, etc. - https://prefix.pch.net/applications/ixpdir/
Another list of IXPs and data centers, and properties. This one is for profit, less exact locational information, larger total number of listings - http://www.datacentermap.com/
A list of all of our competitors - http://www.caida.org/tools/utilities/netgeo/
Huge list of looking glass sites. Useful for determining what cities an ISP has a POP in - http://www.bgp4.as/looking-glasses
Internet/networks/ISPs forum - http://www.dslreports.com
Large list of useful links related to ISPs, IXPs, internet architecture, etc. - http://navigators.com/isp.html
AT&T's network monitoring site. Gives current and averaged info on latency, loss, jitter, etc for routes between major listed hubs - http://ipnetwork.bgtmo.ip.att.net/pws/network_delay.html
Needs Java. Has free trail - http://www.visualroute.com/detail.html
Pretty ancient, but a solid resource on how hostnames and IP can lead to geographic location. Used as a last resort of Sarangworld and other failed. Note: some stuff is out of date - http://www.private.org.il/IP2geo.htm
Visualizations of various network types - http://internetgeography.blogspot.com/
Central offices - http://www.co-buildings.com/
Switches, but generally only the old school kind (phone, etc) - http://www.montagar.com/~patj/phone-switches.htm
Article on peering, US ISP mergers - http://www.renesys.com/blog/2005/12/peering_the_fundamental_archit.shtml
Has some handy primers about internet architecture - http://www.isoc.org/
Original memo about Autonomous Systems - http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc1930
IP, ASN, WhoIs, Lookups, etc.
IP lookup, also gives ownership, long/lat, IP ranges, contact info, etc. - http://www.whatismyipaddress.com
Firefox extension that displays AS# for current URL - http://www.asnumber.networx.ch/
IP lookup, public registry of routing information for networks - http://www.radb.net/about.html
AS# lookup, link to ownership and address - http://enc.com.au/itools/aut-num.php
IANA registry of AS numbers - http://www.iana.org/assignments/as-numbers/as-numbers.xml
ARIN whois lookup for AS numbers - https://ws.arin.net/whois/
Good for finding peers - http://www.fixedorbit.com/
Aggregation of recent news on DCs... good search feature - - http://www.datacenterknowledge.com
Listing of carrier hotels for rent - http://www.carrierhotels.com/colo_home.php
Internet exchange directory - https://prefix.pch.net/applications/ixpdir/
Another IXP directory - http://www.bgp4.as/internet-exchanges
Blurb about Peer 1 data centre in Toronto - http://www.peer1.com/hosting/toronto_data_center.php