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Project 4β

Enabling critical research questions and missions at the scale of
global public web data

Building partnerships with

Explorers

  • Academics

  • Researchers

  • Educators

Academia

  • Programmes

  • Faculties

  • Universities

Organizations

  • NGOs

  • NPOs

  • Public Initiatives

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What is Project 4β?

For us working in public web data gathering, the β coefficient is the change in the outcome for every change in the predictor. We care that our β is public good.

That’s why we choose the 4 effects we want to contribute our tech, expertise and resources pro bono: 

β academic research

Enabling researchers and academic departments with public web data gathering infrastructure, tech, and legal advisory globally through impactful partnerships.

β data know-how

Supporting lecturers and academic departments with free masterclasses and know-how about the legal, ethical, and technical aspects of public web data research.

β social missions

Helping NGOs, NPOs and other organizations address the most challenging social missions by providing public web data gathering infrastructure, tech, and legal advisory.

β grants

Funding and advising academic researchers aiming to tackle large scale public web data and positive-change-driven projects.

"Big Tech and social media have grown more and more hostile to open source research in recent years, from cutting off developer’s API access to banning academic researchers. Oxylabs’ products will help us navigate these challenges, namely in archiving user-generated content that is vital for investigations, accountability efforts, and the safety of online researchers."

Giancarlo Fiorella

Director for Research and Training at Bellingcat

Responsible and ethical web scraping is an important part of Global Witness's data investigations to uncover corruption at the heart of the climate crisis. We appreciate that “Project 4β” will give us access to Oxylabs products that will facilitate our search for publicly available information about the activities of fossil fuel representatives.

Dr. Emily Clough

Head of Data Investigations at Global Witness

“Very insightful talk on web scraping and its application delivered by Rytis from Oxylabs - highly appreciated and value-adding. In fact, the best talks don't just inform; they ignite curiosity, and this presentation did exactly that.”

Jamal Ouenniche

Programme Director of MSc in Business Analytics of University of Edinburgh Business School

“Data scientists often find themselves scraping data and are hopeful no one asks too many questions. The partnership with Oxylabs has allowed us to root the discussion of what actions are appropriate in the legal precedents formed over the last twenty years. Instead of avoiding the topic as taboo, we can address it head on in the context of our curriculum.”

Christopher Brooks

Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan

“Access to the platform provides us with the necessary tools to scale our research projects. With the help of Oxylabs, we are able to collect data more efficiently and effectively, leading to valuable insights and high-quality research outcomes.” 

Carson Phillips

Doctoral Candidate at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

"I found the Residential Proxies generously provided by Oxylabs to be reliable and easy to use. Their documentation and online community made it easy to find answers to any problem for myself. I was asked often about my satisfaction with the proxies and was offered help with any issues I encountered. I found the range of options provided by the endpoint generator to be useful, and while working primarily with the rotating proxies, had few complications and a high success rate."

Benjamin Nickerson

Undergraduate Researcher at the University of Washington Seattle based research lab TASCHA

“With the support of Oxylabs' advanced web scraping technology and expertise, we will be able to discover disinformation and other informational manipulation cases faster and at scale, ultimately empowering the public to make informed decisions in an increasingly complex digital landscape.”

Viktoras Daukšas

Head of Disinformation Analysis Center Debunk.org

“Research disinformation in some countries is more difficult because of the lack of access to tools. Our work focuses on under-researched countries, and now Oxylabs is one of our top tools for doing OSINT and allowing us to understand the data we have collected. A powerful tool that gives access to data and analyzes it properly.” 

Luis Assardo

Journalist and Founder of Confirmado

“As a governmental body, RRT is constantly on the lookout for innovative digital solutions that will allow us to be proactive and excel in serving the Lithuanian society. The AI tool developed by Oxylabs perfectly serves this purpose. But that's not all. If it helps to protect at least one child, this will have a huge impact and difference for the future sustainable society.”

Rasa Šovienė

Chair of Communications Regulatory Authority Council

“Oxylabs created dedicated tool will allow us, environmentalists, to use the time of our inspectors efficiently and to take measures against those engaged in illegal activities more quickly. It will be more difficult for the perpetrators of illegal activities to hide and find refuge on the Internet.”

Giedrius Kadziauskas

Director of the Environmental Protection Department of Lithuania

"Advanced disinformation monitoring is inseparable from tools that enable the efficient and rapid collection of necessary data. Only with their help can we cover a wide range of sources, including both public social media and news portal channels. Without the Oxylabs data collection tools provided by the "4beta" program, our disinformation research activities in the Baltic countries would not be as comprehensive, and the work of our researchers could not proceed as quickly and smoothly."

Tomas Kazulėnas

Director of Civic Resilience Initiative

“The session with Denas from Oxylabs was engaging and enlightening for students. Students thought about the legal side of life online, something they are rarely confronted with, and were able to both clear up some misconceptions of the law and have their eyes opened to a whole new set of questions.”

Adam Roe

Software Engineering Program Coordinator at CODE University

“Denas provided a great addition to my AI Ethics and Security class by discussing contemporary frameworks that surround data collection. It was very well presented, clear, and most importantly, applicable. Students were engaged and had a chance to relate their own projects to the lecture.”

Laurynas Adomaitis

Visiting Lecturer at Aivancity School for Technology, Business and Society

“Collaboration with Oxylabs helps us significantly speed up and simplify the process of data collection at the initial stage and greatly facilitate the process of regular checking and updating of data. This will make our databases always up-to-date and useful for our users.”

Nadezhda Barodzich

Head of #SRNT

“As someone trying to start a socially-oriented business, Oxylabs proxies have allowed me to collect data at a scale that makes the organisation's work possible. Their API is well documented, and user-friendly. The power of their residential proxies really makes me feel like I'm in the Matrix.”

Brandon Marrow

Director at bklg.org

"Big Tech and social media have grown more and more hostile to open source research in recent years, from cutting off developer’s API access to banning academic researchers. Oxylabs’ products will help us navigate these challenges, namely in archiving user-generated content that is vital for investigations, accountability efforts, and the safety of online researchers."

Giancarlo Fiorella

Director for Research and Training at Bellingcat

Responsible and ethical web scraping is an important part of Global Witness's data investigations to uncover corruption at the heart of the climate crisis. We appreciate that “Project 4β” will give us access to Oxylabs products that will facilitate our search for publicly available information about the activities of fossil fuel representatives.

Dr. Emily Clough

Head of Data Investigations at Global Witness

“Very insightful talk on web scraping and its application delivered by Rytis from Oxylabs - highly appreciated and value-adding. In fact, the best talks don't just inform; they ignite curiosity, and this presentation did exactly that.”

Jamal Ouenniche

Programme Director of MSc in Business Analytics of University of Edinburgh Business School

“Data scientists often find themselves scraping data and are hopeful no one asks too many questions. The partnership with Oxylabs has allowed us to root the discussion of what actions are appropriate in the legal precedents formed over the last twenty years. Instead of avoiding the topic as taboo, we can address it head on in the context of our curriculum.”

Christopher Brooks

Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan

“Access to the platform provides us with the necessary tools to scale our research projects. With the help of Oxylabs, we are able to collect data more efficiently and effectively, leading to valuable insights and high-quality research outcomes.” 

Carson Phillips

Doctoral Candidate at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

"I found the Residential Proxies generously provided by Oxylabs to be reliable and easy to use. Their documentation and online community made it easy to find answers to any problem for myself. I was asked often about my satisfaction with the proxies and was offered help with any issues I encountered. I found the range of options provided by the endpoint generator to be useful, and while working primarily with the rotating proxies, had few complications and a high success rate."

Benjamin Nickerson

Undergraduate Researcher at the University of Washington Seattle based research lab TASCHA

“With the support of Oxylabs' advanced web scraping technology and expertise, we will be able to discover disinformation and other informational manipulation cases faster and at scale, ultimately empowering the public to make informed decisions in an increasingly complex digital landscape.”

Viktoras Daukšas

Head of Disinformation Analysis Center Debunk.org

“Research disinformation in some countries is more difficult because of the lack of access to tools. Our work focuses on under-researched countries, and now Oxylabs is one of our top tools for doing OSINT and allowing us to understand the data we have collected. A powerful tool that gives access to data and analyzes it properly.” 

Luis Assardo

Journalist and Founder of Confirmado

“As a governmental body, RRT is constantly on the lookout for innovative digital solutions that will allow us to be proactive and excel in serving the Lithuanian society. The AI tool developed by Oxylabs perfectly serves this purpose. But that's not all. If it helps to protect at least one child, this will have a huge impact and difference for the future sustainable society.”

Rasa Šovienė

Chair of Communications Regulatory Authority Council

“Oxylabs created dedicated tool will allow us, environmentalists, to use the time of our inspectors efficiently and to take measures against those engaged in illegal activities more quickly. It will be more difficult for the perpetrators of illegal activities to hide and find refuge on the Internet.”

Giedrius Kadziauskas

Director of the Environmental Protection Department of Lithuania

"Advanced disinformation monitoring is inseparable from tools that enable the efficient and rapid collection of necessary data. Only with their help can we cover a wide range of sources, including both public social media and news portal channels. Without the Oxylabs data collection tools provided by the "4beta" program, our disinformation research activities in the Baltic countries would not be as comprehensive, and the work of our researchers could not proceed as quickly and smoothly."

Tomas Kazulėnas

Director of Civic Resilience Initiative

“The session with Denas from Oxylabs was engaging and enlightening for students. Students thought about the legal side of life online, something they are rarely confronted with, and were able to both clear up some misconceptions of the law and have their eyes opened to a whole new set of questions.”

Adam Roe

Software Engineering Program Coordinator at CODE University

“Denas provided a great addition to my AI Ethics and Security class by discussing contemporary frameworks that surround data collection. It was very well presented, clear, and most importantly, applicable. Students were engaged and had a chance to relate their own projects to the lecture.”

Laurynas Adomaitis

Visiting Lecturer at Aivancity School for Technology, Business and Society

“Collaboration with Oxylabs helps us significantly speed up and simplify the process of data collection at the initial stage and greatly facilitate the process of regular checking and updating of data. This will make our databases always up-to-date and useful for our users.”

Nadezhda Barodzich

Head of #SRNT

“As someone trying to start a socially-oriented business, Oxylabs proxies have allowed me to collect data at a scale that makes the organisation's work possible. Their API is well documented, and user-friendly. The power of their residential proxies really makes me feel like I'm in the Matrix.”

Brandon Marrow

Director at bklg.org

"Big Tech and social media have grown more and more hostile to open source research in recent years, from cutting off developer’s API access to banning academic researchers. Oxylabs’ products will help us navigate these challenges, namely in archiving user-generated content that is vital for investigations, accountability efforts, and the safety of online researchers."

Giancarlo Fiorella

Director for Research and Training at Bellingcat

Responsible and ethical web scraping is an important part of Global Witness's data investigations to uncover corruption at the heart of the climate crisis. We appreciate that “Project 4β” will give us access to Oxylabs products that will facilitate our search for publicly available information about the activities of fossil fuel representatives.

Dr. Emily Clough

Head of Data Investigations at Global Witness

“Very insightful talk on web scraping and its application delivered by Rytis from Oxylabs - highly appreciated and value-adding. In fact, the best talks don't just inform; they ignite curiosity, and this presentation did exactly that.”

Jamal Ouenniche

Programme Director of MSc in Business Analytics of University of Edinburgh Business School

“Data scientists often find themselves scraping data and are hopeful no one asks too many questions. The partnership with Oxylabs has allowed us to root the discussion of what actions are appropriate in the legal precedents formed over the last twenty years. Instead of avoiding the topic as taboo, we can address it head on in the context of our curriculum.”

Christopher Brooks

Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan

“Access to the platform provides us with the necessary tools to scale our research projects. With the help of Oxylabs, we are able to collect data more efficiently and effectively, leading to valuable insights and high-quality research outcomes.” 

Carson Phillips

Doctoral Candidate at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

"I found the Residential Proxies generously provided by Oxylabs to be reliable and easy to use. Their documentation and online community made it easy to find answers to any problem for myself. I was asked often about my satisfaction with the proxies and was offered help with any issues I encountered. I found the range of options provided by the endpoint generator to be useful, and while working primarily with the rotating proxies, had few complications and a high success rate."

Benjamin Nickerson

Undergraduate Researcher at the University of Washington Seattle based research lab TASCHA

“With the support of Oxylabs' advanced web scraping technology and expertise, we will be able to discover disinformation and other informational manipulation cases faster and at scale, ultimately empowering the public to make informed decisions in an increasingly complex digital landscape.”

Viktoras Daukšas

Head of Disinformation Analysis Center Debunk.org

“Research disinformation in some countries is more difficult because of the lack of access to tools. Our work focuses on under-researched countries, and now Oxylabs is one of our top tools for doing OSINT and allowing us to understand the data we have collected. A powerful tool that gives access to data and analyzes it properly.” 

Luis Assardo

Journalist and Founder of Confirmado

“As a governmental body, RRT is constantly on the lookout for innovative digital solutions that will allow us to be proactive and excel in serving the Lithuanian society. The AI tool developed by Oxylabs perfectly serves this purpose. But that's not all. If it helps to protect at least one child, this will have a huge impact and difference for the future sustainable society.”

Rasa Šovienė

Chair of Communications Regulatory Authority Council

“Oxylabs created dedicated tool will allow us, environmentalists, to use the time of our inspectors efficiently and to take measures against those engaged in illegal activities more quickly. It will be more difficult for the perpetrators of illegal activities to hide and find refuge on the Internet.”

Giedrius Kadziauskas

Director of the Environmental Protection Department of Lithuania

"Advanced disinformation monitoring is inseparable from tools that enable the efficient and rapid collection of necessary data. Only with their help can we cover a wide range of sources, including both public social media and news portal channels. Without the Oxylabs data collection tools provided by the "4beta" program, our disinformation research activities in the Baltic countries would not be as comprehensive, and the work of our researchers could not proceed as quickly and smoothly."

Tomas Kazulėnas

Director of Civic Resilience Initiative

“The session with Denas from Oxylabs was engaging and enlightening for students. Students thought about the legal side of life online, something they are rarely confronted with, and were able to both clear up some misconceptions of the law and have their eyes opened to a whole new set of questions.”

Adam Roe

Software Engineering Program Coordinator at CODE University

“Denas provided a great addition to my AI Ethics and Security class by discussing contemporary frameworks that surround data collection. It was very well presented, clear, and most importantly, applicable. Students were engaged and had a chance to relate their own projects to the lecture.”

Laurynas Adomaitis

Visiting Lecturer at Aivancity School for Technology, Business and Society

“Collaboration with Oxylabs helps us significantly speed up and simplify the process of data collection at the initial stage and greatly facilitate the process of regular checking and updating of data. This will make our databases always up-to-date and useful for our users.”

Nadezhda Barodzich

Head of #SRNT

“As someone trying to start a socially-oriented business, Oxylabs proxies have allowed me to collect data at a scale that makes the organisation's work possible. Their API is well documented, and user-friendly. The power of their residential proxies really makes me feel like I'm in the Matrix.”

Brandon Marrow

Director at bklg.org

Why 4β?

Our mission is to enable critical research questions and missions at the scale of global public web data by providing know-how, public web data gathering infrastructure and resources pro bono. 4β will allow researchers and academics to maximize their research impact, enhance understanding of critical public web data and enter a new age of data acquisition.

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At Oxylabs, we advocate ethical business practices and operate strictly within the capacities of an established legitimate proxy pool. Our strict standards of ethics and transparency are clearly reflected on the requirements for our suppliers.

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Our thorough KYC procedures ensure that the Oxylabs premium proxy networks and solutions are used for approved business cases that serve the market responsibly and ethically.

Impact stories

Have a look at our previous partnership stories

Global Witness

"Project 4β" partners with “Global Witness” – an independent, non-profit organization that investigates and campaigns to prevent natural resource-related conflict and corruption, and associated environmental and human rights abuses.  

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Bellingcat

"4β" partnered with Bellingcat, a nonprofit, independent investigative collective of researchers and citizen journalists brought together by a passion for open source research.

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Birmingham City University

Through “Project 4β” Oxylabs experts delivered two guest lectures to MA in Data Journalism students of the Birmingham School of Media and data journalists of BBC Shared Data Unit and BBC England Data Unit.

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Vilnius University

"Project 4β" teamed up with Oxylabs partner Honeygain to introduce an exciting challenge for students, offering the chance to secure a paid internship at Oxylabs.

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Civic Resilience Initiative

"4β" partnership with Civic Resilience Initiative grants the organization access to Oxylabs' cutting-edge web scraping solutions, empowering the organization and its team to advance fact-checking processes

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Confirmado

"Project 4beta" has teamed up with Luis Assardo, OSINT researcher, data-investigative journalist, and founder of Confirmado, a Guatemalan project to fight disinformation. 

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University of Edinburgh Business School

"Project 4β" partnered with the University of Edinburgh Business School to share a guest lecture "Using Public Web Data to Speed Up Digital Transformation in Retail, Supply Chain and Finance." 

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Debunk.org

Debunk.org, an organization dedicated to countering online disinformation and state-sponsored internet propaganda, uses Oxylabs' cutting-edge web scraping technology and expertise to combat false information online.

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Environmental Protection Department

Oxylabs will help tackle the problem of illegal classified ads in Lithuanian websites through the "Application of Webcrawling Method in the Environmental Protection Department activities" initiative.

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#SRNT

"4β" established a new partnership with #SRNT – a nonprofit Crisis Aide platform, aimed to provide individuals facing challenging life situations with access to organizations where they can seek assistance.

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GovTech Lab

Communications Regulatory Authority of the Republic of Lithuania (RRT) brought a challenge to Govtech Lab hackathon to automate illegal content revealing child abuse detection in the Lithuanian IP address space.

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The University of Michigan

Oxylabs partnered with Christopher Brooks, assistant professor of the School of Information at the University of Michigan, and prepared a presentation, “Oops I Scraped. Should I Hire a Lawyer?.

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CODE – University of Applied Sciences

Oxylabs has partnered with CODE – a private state-accredited University of Applied Sciences to share expertise on ethical web scraping.

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TrackCorona

A project by a student-led team from the University of Stanford, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. TrackCorona was a user-friendly platform, allowing everyone to gain a deep understanding of the pandemic with one click.

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CoronaMapper

A project led by student Paolo Montemurro and researcher Peter H. Gruber from the University of Lugano helped people from all over the world to keep an eye on the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Join 4β

We invite explorers, universities, NGOs, NPOs and other organizations to join Project 4β and find out how automated public web data can bolster your research, open up new questions, and enable the advancement of critical global missions.

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