Mapping the Internet: BU/NEU GeoRouting Project

This study sheds light on this issue by measuring how and when Internet traffic traverses national boundaries. To do this, we ask you to run our browser applet that visits various popular websites, measures the paths taken, and identifies their locations. By running our tool, you will help us understand if and how Internet paths traverse national boundaries, even when two endpoints are in the same country. And we'll show you these paths, helping you to understand where your Internet traffic goes.

Contribute to the Dataset:

Firefox and Internet Explorer users may click the image below to run our java applet and contribute to our dataset. The applet will run traceroutes to any number of the top 50 sites in your country and draw the route that the traffic takes on a map. You can revisit the URL of your map at any time as our geolocation algorithms improve.

[Traceroute Java Applet]

Sample Map:

Click the image below to view a sample map of some traceroutes from France to some of the French top 50 websites. Many of the sites are hosted from the US, and before even traversing undersea cables to North America, the traffic often crosses country borders within Europe.

[Google Maps Sample]

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