Detecting network neutrality violations with causal inference

Mukarram Bin Tariq, Murtaza Motiwala, Nick Feamster, Mostafa Ammar

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Abstract

We present NANO, a system that detects when ISPs apply policies that discriminate against specific classes of applications, users, or destinations. Existing systems for detecting discrimination are typically specific to an application or to a particular discrimination mechanism and rely on active measurement tests. Unfortunately, ISPs can change discrimination policies and mechanisms, and they can evade these tests by giving probe traffic higher priority. NANO detects ISP discrimination by passively collecting performance data from clients. To distinguish discrimination from other causes of degradation (e.g., overload, misconfiguration, failure), NANO establishes a causal relationship between an ISP and observed performance by adjusting for confounding factors. NANO agents deployed at participating clients across the Internet collect performance data for selected services and report this information to centralized servers, which analyze the measurements to establish causal relationship between an ISP and performance degradations. We have implemented NANO and deployed clients in a controlled environment on Emulab. We run a combination of controlled experiments on Emulab and wide-area experiments on PlanetLab that show that NANO can determine the extent and criteria for discrimination for a variety of discrimination policies and applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCoNEXT'09 - Proceedings of the 2009 ACM Conference on Emerging Networking Experiments and Technologies
Pages289-300
Number of pages12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Event2009 ACM Conference on Emerging Networking Experiments and Technologies, CoNEXT'09 - Rome, Italy
Duration: Dec 1 2009Dec 4 2009

Publication series

NameCoNEXT'09 - Proceedings of the 2009 ACM Conference on Emerging Networking Experiments and Technologies

Other

Other2009 ACM Conference on Emerging Networking Experiments and Technologies, CoNEXT'09
CountryItaly
CityRome
Period12/1/0912/4/09

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture

Keywords

  • Causal inference
  • Network neutrality

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    Tariq, M. B., Motiwala, M., Feamster, N., & Ammar, M. (2009). Detecting network neutrality violations with causal inference. In CoNEXT'09 - Proceedings of the 2009 ACM Conference on Emerging Networking Experiments and Technologies (pp. 289-300). (CoNEXT'09 - Proceedings of the 2009 ACM Conference on Emerging Networking Experiments and Technologies). https://doi.org/10.1145/1658939.1658972