We describe the results of a large-scale study of third-party dependencies around the world based on regional top-500 popular websites accessed from vantage points in 50 countries, together covering all inhabited continents. This broad perspective shows that dependencies on a third-party DNS, CDN or CA provider vary widely around the world. The critical dependencies of websites - where the site depends on a single third-party provider - are equally spread. Even more concerning, these differences persist a year later with increasing dependencies, particularly for DNS and CDNs. We briefly explore various factors that may help explain the differences and similarities in degrees of third-party dependency across countries, including economic conditions, Internet development, economic trading partners, categories, home countries, and traffic skewness of the country's top-500 sites.
- third-party dependency
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Hardware and Architecture
- Computer Networks and Communications