May 2014 archive

Great IPv6 Case Studies Coming In – What Is Yours?

World IPv6 Launch LogoDo you have great example of IPv6 deployment that you want to share with the world?  As we mentioned before, we are asking people to send in IPv6 case studies that we can promote around the time of the 2nd anniversary of World IPv6 Launch on June 6, 2014.

So far the response has been outstanding!  We have case studies from:

  • large network operators
  • small network operators
  • social networks
  • application providers
  • universities

and more!  Most are text, a few are documents and slides… and a few are recorded conference presentations.  We’re looking forward to sharing all this information with you on the week of June 6th.

We’re always interested in MORE case studies, of course…  do you know of an instance where IPv6 deployment went really well!  Or did you have an instance where you had to make modifications to your network to get all to work correctly?

Whatever the case, we’d love to hear about and potentially share your story!  Please drop us a note either via our feedback form or directly via email to

And if you haven’t started with an IPv6 deployment yet, please do check out our “Start Here!” pages to get going!

Video: IPv6 Security Myths and Reality by Chris Grundemann (RIPE 68)

What is the reality behind IPv6 security?  What is different (or not) about IPv6 vs IPv4 in terms of security?  What are some of the common myths about IPv6 security?  At the recent RIPE 68 conference in Warsaw, Poland, our Chris Grundemann spoke about common beliefs about IPv6 security and what people should really be thinking about.  His talk, “Security in an IPv6 World: Myth & Reality” is now available for viewing from the RIPE 68 site.  His slides are also available for download.

Chris Grundemann at RIPE68When you are done watching, you may want to check out our page on IPv6 security resources to learn more about how you can secure your installation of IPv6.  And if you don’t have IPv6 in your network yet, what are you waiting for?


Playing Google’s Interactive Rubik’s Cube Over IPv6

Today Google’s front page is an interactive “doodle” celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Rubik’s Cube.  Apart from feeling old since I remember when the Rubik’s Cube first came out, I was also of course thrilled to note that being on a Google website, this interactive Rubik’s Cube is available over IPv6:


Using the IPvFoo add-on for Google Chrome I can verify that almost all of my communication is indeed going over IPv6:

Google Rubik's Cube Doodle

I am guessing from the URLs that the IPv4 connections are to some type of measurement site.  Regardless, the main communication is all happening over IPv6.

And this doodle reminded me, too, that it’s been a looooonnnnnggg time since I worked with a Rubik’s Cube! :-)

If you play with the interactive version today, I hope you have fun… and if you aren’t seeing it over IPv6, why not check out our “Start Here!” pages to see how you can join the rest of us?

FIR #756 – 5/19/14 – For Immediate Release

Quick News: New podcast from Stephen Waddington; Shel's moderating a WOMMA webinar; Quick News: Welcome to Heathrow's Terminal Samsung Galaxy S5, Target CMO responds to critique with a LinkedIn post, Wired and Cisco collaborate on a crowdsourced tablet magazine, the drawbacks to publicity; Ragan promo; News That Fits: The persuasive power of peer rankings, Michael Netzley's Asia report, the benefits and risks of hiring people with social influence, Media Monitoring Minute from CustomScoop, listener comments, is the marketing funnel dead?, the past week on the FIR Podcast Network, Dan York's Tech Report, Igloo Software promo, should companies monitor their employees' social media?; music from Mario Tomic; and more.

Webinar on May 22: IPv6 and Telecom – What’s Next?

US Telecom logoWant to understand the impact of IPv6 on telecommunications and Voice-over-IP (VoIP)? Interested to learn more about what telecom systems support IPv6? Would you like to know what efforts are underway within organizations like the IETF and the SIP Forum to ensure that telecommunications can work over IPv6?

If so, you can join in a free webinar offered by US Telecom on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 1:00pm US Eastern time. (17:00 UTC). The title of the session is “IPv6 and Telecom: IPv4 Is Finally Running Out. Now What?” and part of the abstract is:

As we approach the second anniversary of World IPv6 Launch on June 6, the word from the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) is that they are entering into their final stages of providing IPv4 addresses to service providers.  While this has been talked about for many years, the reality is finally here.  There will soon be no more new IPv4 addresses available for new networks and services.  What can be done? What are some of the mitigation strategies and what are their challenges? What is involved with moving to using telecommunications over IPv6? Viewers of this event will hear answers to these questions and more!

I’m very much looking forward to this session that combines two of my personal passions: IPv6 and IP telephony/communications.  This webinar is part of US Telecom’s ongoing education events.  Registration is free and open to all interested.  I understand the presentation will be recorded if you are unable to view it live.

Congrats on 25 Years of RIPE Meetings – And We’ll Be Promoting Videos From RIPE68

ripe-25-anniversaryAs the RIPE 68 meeting has drawn to a close in Warsaw, Poland, we would just like to take a moment to join with our CEO and many others in congratulating the RIPE community on their 25th anniversary.  Over these past 25 years the RIPE community has done an amazing amount of work together to create a stronger and better Internet.  On a global level, we are all collectively so much better off because of all the work that has happened within the RIPE community. Do check out their “25 Years of RIPE Timeline” to learn more.

We heard from Chris Grundemann and Jan Žorž that the 25th anniversary celebration on Tuesday evening was a great event – and both of them have raved about what an excellent – and exhausting – week this has been for them. As we wrote about last week, they’ve had an extremely busy week with a great amount of activity on IPv6, DNSSEC, securing BGP and our BCOP and  Operators and the IETF projects. Outside of that, Jan is also a member of the RIPE Program Committee (and was chosen again for that role) and so he was super-busy with helping with general organizational issues.  Our colleague Andrei Robachevsky was also there being very active on issues around routing resiliency and some of the great work happening there.

One of the great things about the RIPE meetings is how quickly they make the videos and presentations available for viewing.  There were some outstanding presentations at this RIPE 68 meeting in Warsaw, and so we’ll be highlighting and promoting some of the sessions that we found most valuable and interesting.  We’ve already started this yesterday with a post about Chris’ presentation about operators and the IETF, but we’ll be doing more of that over the next few weeks.

Congrats again to the RIPE community on their 25th anniversary - and we look forward to seeing all that will happen over the next 25 years!

Video: Chris Grundemann on our “Operators and the IETF” Project (RIPE 68)

What is our “Operators and the IETF” project all about?  Why should you care?  How can you help?  Chris Grundemann is in Warsaw this week at the RIPE 68 meeting and the video is now available (as are his slides) of his lightning talk:

ripe68-grundemann-operatorsIf you are interested in helping more, please check out our project page – and take the online survey! Thanks!



Andorra (.AD) Becomes The Latest ccTLD Signed With DNSSEC

Andorra flagYesterday the small Principality of Andorra became the latest country-code top-level domain (ccTLD) to be signed with DNSSEC.  From this point forward any domains registered under .AD will be able to receive the higher level of protection provided by DNSSEC and start being able to use innovative new tools like the DANE protocol… well, to be clear, all of that added protection can come as soon as the registry operating the .AD ccTLD starts accepting DS records from domain name registrars.  What we know today (from sites like this one) is that there is now a DS record for .AD in the root zone of DNS.

I will admit that when I heard the news I wasn’t quite sure where Andorra was other than recalling vaguely it was a very small European state.  The Internet filled in that knowledge gap, of course, with long entries in both Wikipedia and the World Fact Book informing me that Andorra is a “micro-state” sandwiched in between France and Spain whose population is around 85,000 people and whose official language is Catalan.  It seems to have a fascinating political structure as it is a monarchy with two co-princes, one of whom is the President of France and the other is the Spanish/Roman Catholic Bishop of Urgell.  (Yes, I got a bit distracted this morning by my curiosity about Andorra…)

Anyway, congratulations to Andorra for the DNSSEC-signing of .AD.  It will now be added to the database for the weekly DNSSEC Deployment Maps that will come out on Monday. It’s great to see the continued increase in the number of signed TLDs!

Thank You, Leslie Daigle, For All You Have Done For The Internet

Leslie Daigle, Chief Internet Technology OfficerA few years ago, our Chief Internet Technology Officer (CITO), Leslie Daigle, was frustrated by the fact that the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) was creating excellent Internet standards… but those standards weren’t being deployed by the network operators whose networks make up the Internet nor used by the content providers, developers, and others who provide services over the Internet.  Her question was:

How do we get critical IETF standards deployed and used in the daily operations of the Internet?

That line of thinking led to Leslie’s creation of the “Deployment and Operationalization (DO)” team within the Internet Society in 2011 and to the creation of the Deploy360 Programme of which this web portal is a major part. Leslie was involved in hiring all of us on the DO team and in guiding the vision of what Deploy360 would become. Mostly, too, she gave us the mandate to make this program happen and encouraged us to do whatever we needed to do to get the site online and to start taking away the pain points that were preventing deployment of these key technologies.

And so, given her critical role in creating this Deploy360 Programme, our team is certainly sad to see her leave this week. As Leslie wrote in her farewell blog post on the Internet Technology Matters blog, her six-and-a-half years here at the Internet Society has been a rather amazing ride with some remarkable accomplishments – and she does leave this organization in a much stronger place than when she began.

Beyond her work with our program and the Standards & Technology team and programs such as World IPv6 Launch, she’s also been a tireless and effective communicator explaining complex technologies in simpler terms and seeking to get people to understand why Internet technology matters and why they should care. Whether it has been tirelessly championing permissionless innovation, speaking about the “Internet Invariants” that make the Internet unique, outlining how current events can break the Internet, explaining the importance of open Internet standards … or any of a hundred other topics she has written about on the Internet Technology Matters (ITM) blog, on CircleID, on her own web site or in the many thousands upon thousands of email messages she has sent over the IETF and IAB mailing lists… and in all of the many presentations she has given at conferences of all types and all around the world…  through that all she has remained focused on ensuring the Internet remains open for everyone. As she says on her own site:

It’s that openness and accessibility of the Internet that we need to preserve if we want to see our brightest possible future.

Thank you, Leslie, for all you have done within the IETF, the IAB and here within the Internet Society to ensure that open character of the Internet continues.

We wish her all the best with her writing, her yarn projects and her other opportunities she wants to now pursue… and we  look forward to seeing her at IETF 90 in Toronto in July and in future events! Somehow we don’t think she’ll be too far away from continuing her passionate defense of the open Internet! :-)

P.S. Leslie, you do know we might be asking you to speak at a future ION conference, right?

TDYR #152 – The Big Downside Of Depending On Facebook For Contacting People

TDYR #152 - The Big Downside Of Depending On Facebook For Contacting People by Dan York