Dan York

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US, EU, and G7 Commitment Will Slow the Splinternet, But More Work Needed

European Union flags flying outside of a building

The Internet Society welcomes the US, EU, and G7 commitment to exempt telecommunications services that support Internet access and the flow of information from their sanctions against Russia on 6 April. The ongoing war in Ukraine has led governments, service providers and other organizations to increasingly consider sanctions and other actions that could irreversibly damage […]

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Remembering Tadao Takahashi

Tadao Takahashi with Internet Hall of Fame logo in background

Today we mourn the passing of Tadao Takahashi on 6 April 2022 at the age of 71. Inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2017, Tadao was a critical Internet pioneer in Brazil, working for over 30 years on expanding Internet access in Brazil and beyond. He was one of the co-founders of the […]

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What Is the Splinternet? And Why You Should Be Paying Attention

a world map drawn with lines

The “Splinternet” is the idea that the open, globally connected Internet we all use splinters into a collection of fragmented networks controlled by governments or corporations.

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Proximities – a great email newsletter with three news stories about the non-Western world

Proximities newsletter

In a world drowning in email, and increasingly with email newsletters, one of the messages I actually look forward to receiving each day is:

It’s an email newsletter from a journalist named Barry Malone that comes out almost every day. His goal is to highlight three “non-Western news stories you should know”.

What I enjoy is that he very simply and succinctly provides a summary and then a link to read more. It’s three quick paragraphs that I can quickly scan and then decide if I want to read more.

Living in the USA, as I do, most of the news in our US media tends to be about, well… the USA! And maybe Europe on a good day. Every so often we might hear about Canada, too.

But the only times we really hear about countries and regions in other parts of the world are when there are natural disasters or maybe some violent conflict (but sometimes NOT).

To help broaden my view, I get Barry’s email and also the news letter from the Rest of World site, which I highly recommend.

Many thanks to Barry for all the work he’s done - and for consistently delivering such concise, succinct summaries. I would encourage you to subscribe!

What Is a LEO Satellite System—and Can It Help Build a Bigger Internet?

Photo of a rocket launch showing the trail arcing off into space

There’s a new space race happening right now and the stakes are just as high as they were half a century ago. Companies such as SpaceX, Amazon, OneWeb, and Telesat are racing to launch large systems of low earth orbit (LEO) satellites to provide Internet access. These LEO “constellations” could help bridge the digital divide, […]

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Google stats now consistently over 35% IPv6

Google ipv6 statistics rising up and to the right

It’s great to see Google’s IPv6 statistics climbing up consistently over 35%. This means that 35% of all users connecting to Google globally are doing so over IPv6. 

And if you look at the statistics per country, the % is much higher in some parts of the world.

All in all a good sign that if you haven’t started migrating your applications to using IPv6, the time to do so is now!

Google stats now consistently over 35% IPv6

Google ipv6 statistics rising up and to the right

It’s great to see Google’s IPv6 statistics climbing up consistently over 35%. This means that 35% of all users connecting to Google globally are doing so over IPv6. 

And if you look at the statistics per country, the % is much higher in some parts of the world.

All in all a good sign that if you haven’t started migrating your applications to using IPv6, the time to do so is now!

Welcome to 2022!

Just a test post using the mobile editor

Poem: In the end, it didn’t matter

In the end
It didn’t matter
That their kids got many other required vaccines for school

It didn’t matter
That their jobs required annual flu shots

It didn’t matter
That unvaxxed people they knew died

It didn’t matter,
Their lords said this vaccine was bad

Nothing else mattered
In the end

The Best Return To Work After Vacation Ever

a glass, mug, and microphone in front of a computer

Yesterday was my first day back at work after 10 days away on vacation where I did not check work email or Slack.

I approached it with the usual perspective of “Ugh! How many messages will I have to wade through!” Quite often it can take a day or a couple of days to get caught up.. and sometimes you can feel like you need a vacation from taking a vacation! 😀

I have a whole regular “return from vacation" routine down. The first thing I do is copy my entire email inbox to a mail folder so that my inbox only has new messages and I can start responding to those items. Then at some point in the day I start scanning through that mail folder to triage messages in importance, making sure I see messages from our CEO, senior management, my manager, our team, etc., etc.  Before I do that, of course, I usually spend time working my way through the zillion Slack channels we have trying to figure out what his most important. Usually the whole process can take hours to days to recover.

So I was prepared that this would be my first Monday of 2022.

To my utter surprise… it was the exact opposite!

You see, our executive team had decided to shut down the entire organization for the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, judging that all of us needed a full break to rest and recuperate given the pandemic and so much chaos happening in so many parts of the world.

And… perhaps more importantly… people DID take the time away!

There were a few email messages from staff, and a few from people outside the organization, but so few that I didn’t even bother with my usual “move everything to a folder” routine.

And Slack was blissfully quiet… at least until I got there yesterday! 🤣

There was no recovery time needed! I was just able to get in, answer a few queries and then get started with 2022 work and planning.

In 30+ years in the corporate world, I’ve never had a “return from vacation” quite like this - but I’ve also never had a company or organization truly shut down.

It was wonderful - and I highly recommend it for other companies!

P.S. We’re hiring! (Although only for a couple of positions right now, but other positions do open up over time.)