Help discover the Internet!

Become part of a project to discover the topology and the structure of the Internet! Help us build signal coverage maps! Download Portolan for mobile and for desktop and join the Portolan network!

Portolan is a research project run by the University of Pisa and the Informatics and Telematics Institute of the Italian National Research Council (IIT-CNR). Portolan’s aim is to enhance the current knowledge of the Internet structure and build maps of the mobile signal coverage, all with the contribution of volunteers, such as people like me & you!

Find out more about Portolan in the FAQ section.

Portolan results as 2015-02-01

THE NEXT BIG THING IS PRIVACY

The way you beat an incumbent is by coming up with a thing that people want, that you do, and that your competitors can’t do.

Not won’t. Can’t.

How did Apple beat Microsoft? Not by making a better desktop OS. They did it by shifting the goalposts. By creating a whole new field of competition where Microsoft’s massive entrenched advantage didn’t exist: mobile. How did Microsoft beat Digital and the mainframe pushers? By inventing the idea that every desktop should have a real computer on it, not a terminal.

How do you beat Google and Facebook? By inventing a thing that they can’t compete against. By making privacy your core goal. Because companies who have built their whole business model on monetising your personal information cannot compete against that. They’d have to give up on everything that they are, which they can’t do. Facebook altering itself to ensure privacy for its users… wouldn’t exist. Can’t exist. That’s how you win.

Stuart Langridge