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Cloud Atlas: A Citizen’s Guide to Online Privacy Using IX Maps





Project Leader(s)

Laura Tribe, Digital Rights Specialist


This project aims to generate awareness among Canadians about where their data travels on the Internet, and how their Internet use is being tracked by covert surveillance systems at home and abroad, particularly in the U.S.

To achieve its goal, the project team adapted and showcased the work of IXmaps a research tool— previously funded by the OPC Contributions Program—that maps Internet routing through international jurisdictions by Canadian telecommunications companies. IXmaps relies on voluntary contributions by participating members of the public of anonymized traceroute data. To date, users have contributed data that has helped map over 150,000 traceroutes in this tool’s database.

To increase awareness as well as usage of the IXmaps tool, the OpenMedia project team developed a variety of educational materials, such as a video, an informative online platform and infographics. These products build on the IXmaps tool by translating the inherently complex subject of how private data travels across the Internet and the privacy risks it faces along the way into information and visual imagery that is accessible for all Canadians.

Project deliverables are available in the following language(s):


OPC Funded Project

This project received funding support through the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s Contributions Program. The opinions expressed in the summary and report(s) are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Summaries have been provided by the project authors. Please note that the projects appear in their language of origin.

Contact Information

1424 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC
V5L 5G3

Telephone: 1-604-633-2744

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