This was an interactive panel that involved lively dialog between the audience and the panelists.
Some of the themes covered include:
Openness and open measurement
Open measurement means scientifically replicable results. Measurements must be conducted openly at every step so that researchers and the global internet community can verify their accuracy, and improve the methodologies in time with the complex and dynamic changes continually taking place across networks. Regulators and policy makers must rely on this open, scientifically-verifiable information in order to maintain public trust and accountability.
Globally consistent metrics
The Internet is a network of networks, spanning the globe. There is no single, centralized point from which accurate observation can be conducted. As such measurement must reflect this, crossing boundaries and regions in order to comprise a source of information that represents the state of the Internet as a global whole. Ensuring that methodologies and measurement infrastructure is consistent globally is important to create an accurate and complete picture of Internet health.
Internet users should have access to a clear source of intelligible information about the way the networks they rely on and pay to access are functioning, and whether a problem they are experiencing is caused by their ISP, another ISP, or an issue elsewhere. Networks must serve individuals and communities, and to do this it is crucial that an accountable source of information about what happens to user data when it traverses networks is made available, creating a standard of user agency and data-based accountability.
Regulators and those responsible for crafting internet policy must rely on good data. This is a given. Given the complexity and dynamism of the global Internet, it is important that new and scientifically-sound processes for obtaining and ensuring good data be adopted at the regulatory level. Specifically, data gathered on the performance and health of the Internet must be obtained through scientifically-sound methodologies. To ensure that these methodologies keep pace with the changes and idiosyncrasies of global networks, it is crucial that the data and the process by which it is obtained remain open to scrutiny by anyone. Only in this way can the global Internet community collaborate to inform this process, and work together to ensure that the methods for data collection match the reality of changing networks.
Nurturing the multi-stakeholder Internet
The internet is the product of diverse constituencies cooperating in surprising and productive ways across diverse regional and other boundaries. To maintain the Internet as a force for economic and social development, it is crucial that information on how the Internet is performing at all layers be available to these broad constituencies. A multi-stakeholder Internet requires a source of sound, verifiable information available to all stakeholders.
Maintaining user privacy
Data is crucial, and so is protecting individual privacy. With this in mind, the community working on creating and maintaining sources of open data is urged to ensure that measurements that contribute to this knowledge measure networks, and not users. To ensure accurate, scientifically-verifiable, and thus necessarily open data, this challenge must be taken seriously.