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Media censorship in Azerbaijan through the lens of network measurement

Our report with Azerbaijan Internet Watch shares OONI data on:

• Blocking of news media & circumvention tool sites
• Social media blocks amid the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war

🟢 NEW RELEASE: OONI Probe Mobile 3.2.0. 🐙 💫

What's new?

• Reminder to enable automated testing
• Badge indicating when a backend proxy is being used
• Ability to minimize running tests (and explore the rest of your measurements)

Please update! 💙

Over the last week, we had the pleasure to host two 3-day OONI Partner Training events! 🐙✨

Learn all about the OONI training events here:

We were joined by incredible internet freedom defenders. Warm thanks to all participants! ❤️

We thank all OONI Probe users in Azerbaijan for contributing measurements, making this study possible. ❤️ 🐙


We analyzed OONI measurements collected from Azerbaijan between January 2020 to May 2021.

Overall, we observed that censorship varies from network to network in Azerbaijan, as different ISPs block different websites and apps at different moments in time.


Amid the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war, ISPs in Azerbaijan attempted to block Tor and Psiphon.

However, both attempts appear to have been ineffective, as these tools have built-in circumvention fallback options.

Tor Metrics also show a spike in usage during this period.

Independent news media and circumvention tool sites presented HTTP failures caused by connection timeouts, suggesting the use of Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) in Azerbaijan.

Both WhatsApp & Telegram presented signs of TLS level interference in Azerbaijan amid the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war.

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Media censorship in Azerbaijan through the lens of network measurement

Our report with Azerbaijan Internet Watch shares OONI data on:

• Blocking of news media & circumvention tool sites
• Social media blocks amid the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war

Now that OONI Probe Desktop & Mobile support automated testing, they're contributing towards the largest volume of global measurements! 🎉

However, legacy-probe (which will soon no longer work) still accounts for a relatively big percentage of measurements.

If you're running legacy ooniprobe, please switch over to OONI Probe CLI: 🙏


We released 💫 OONI Probe Desktop 3.5.0💫 with RTL support! 🎉 🐙

OONI Probe Desktop can now support a number of languages that use right-to-left scripts, including Arabic and Farsi! 😍

Warm thanks to the Localization Lab community for the translations! ❤️

Instead of having to remember to manually run OONI Probe, you can now have OONI Probe test websites automatically every hour! 😍

Enable 💫 automated testing 💫 through the settings of OONI Probe Android 3.0.0:

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As censorship becomes more sophisticated, we need to ship new tests faster.

We therefore created a 💫 new Experimental card💫 for new experiments!

With OONI Probe Android 3.0.0, you can run our new STUN reachability test:

Many more tests are upcoming! 🐙

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Are you unable to use OONI Probe (for example, in )? 🤔 🐙

OONI Probe Android 3.0.0 includes 💫 new backend proxy settings💫 where you can:

• Enable Psiphon

• Use a custom proxy

Update now:

Learn more:

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Making the OONI Probe Android app more resilient

In our latest post, we describe what we did to make OONI Probe Android more resilient to (accidental or deliberate) blocking. 🐙 💫

Warm thanks to community members who helped us out! ❤️

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OONI Probe Android 3.0.0 released! 🚀 🐙 🎉

This exciting new release includes important new features:

• Automated regular testing
• New card for experimental tests, including a new STUN reachability test
• Backend proxy support

Update now: 💫

NEW OONI Probe test for Signal Private Messenger app released! 🎉 🐙 🚀 💫

Update now:
• OONI Probe Mobile 2.11.0:
• OONI Probe Desktop 3.4.0:

You can now test the Signal app and check if it's blocked!

Signal test results from around the world are openly published here:

We published 💫 2 new user guides 💫 for:

• OONI Probe Mobile:
• OONI Probe Desktop:

These guides share step-by-step instructions on how to run censorship tests, access censorship data & customize your use of OONI Probe. 🐙

Would you like to do a Google Summer of Code (GSoC) with us? 😃

This year, we have 💫 5 OONI GSoC projects 💫 you can apply to:

Applications start today!

Apply by 13th April 2021:

We're excited to share that the OONI Probe Desktop App now supports automated testing! 🎉 🐙 💫

Update to OONI Probe Desktop 3.3.0 on Windows & macOS:

By enabling automatic testing (in the settings), OONI Probe tests will run automatically on a regular basis!

Myanmar: Data on internet blocks and internet outages following military coup

Our report w/ IODA & MIDO shares data on:

• Blocking of social media, Wikipedia, circumvention tool sites

• Ongoing internet outages

IMPORTANT: Are you running the old python version of ooniprobe?

As it's being discontinued, please switch over to the new OONI Probe Command Line Interface (CLI): 💫

With OONI Probe CLI, all OONI Probe tests are run automatically every day! 😃 🐙

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