So the obvious question arises…
Websites that attract sizeable volumes of Tor traffic need to take note. However, the traffic from Tor users was a tiny percentage of the worldwide traffic Blockmetry measured in Q4, so the impact of this high rate is negligible to the overall figures.
In future work, we will look more closely at Africa’s data. Sign up to our mailing list below to get that and other reports when we produce them.
We reached out to Peter Herlihy, the author of the GDS post, and he confirmed that GDS used a measurement protocol identical to ours: pageviews with bot filtering, with the only difference being that Blockmetry attempts to filter out stealth bots in addition to bots that identify themselves. He also confirmed that the vast majority of their traffic is from the UK.
Meet us at Bidex in London
We will be talking about how businesses can respond to content blocking at Bidex in London on 16 March 2017. We will be sharing unpublished data and discuss the various strategies you can implement now.