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Professor Jedidiah Crandall Receives NSF Career Award

June 9, 2009

Professor Jedidiah Crandall is the recipient of a 2009 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award for his project titled, "Internet Measurement in the Cat's Cradle of Global Internet Censorship". According to the NSF, the CAREER award offers "the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research." The award amount is $400,000 and will support the research project for five years. Prof. Crandall's research is laying a foundation for the study of Internet censorship by developing measurement techniques that are not biased by the inherently computational issues that Internet censorship entails. For example, Internet routing and protocol dynamics can cause measurements, of both what is censored and how it is censored, to give inaccurate results that are difficult to reproduce. This hinders the development of effective technologies and policies to address this global phenomenon. Already, Prof. Crandall's research has appeared in news outlets such as the BBC,EWeekSlashdot, and Ars Technica, and was mentioned in the Atlantic Monthly.

Congratulations, Prof. Crandall!