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Correlation Between Country Governance Regimes & Reputation of Their Internet Address Allocations

[While getting his feet wet with D3, Bradley Huffaker (at CAIDA) finally tried this analysis tidbit that's been on his list for a while.]

We recently analyzed the reputation of a country's Internet (IPv4) addresses by examining the number of blacklisted IPv4 addresses that geolocate to a given country. We compared this indicator with two qualitative measures of each country's governance. We hypothesized that countries with more transparent, democratic governmental institutions would harbor a smaller fraction of misbehaving (blacklisted) hosts. The available data confirms this hypothesis. A similar correlation exists between perceived corruption and fraction of blacklisted IP addresses.

CAIDA's Country IP Reputation Graphs (Click to Enlarge)
See the interactive graph and analysis on the CAIDA website

For more details of data sources and analysis, see:
http://www.caida.org/research/policy/country-level-ip-reputation/

By kc claffy, Director, CAIDA and Adjunct Professor, UC, San Diego

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