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Next Monthly DNSSEC Coordination Call On March 24, 2016

For those who participate in the monthly “DNSSEC Coordination” calls where we discuss activities around accelerating the deployment of DNSSEC, there will NOT be a call tomorrow, March 3, as there would normally be (the first Thursday of the month).

On our last call in February we noted that:

  • on March 3rd, many of us will be in transit to Marrakech for ICANN 55; and
  • on April 7th, many of us will be in Buenos Aires for IETF 95.

We therefore decided to:

  1. Cancel the monthly call on March 3.
  2. Cancel the monthly call on April 7.
  3. Hold instead a call on Thursday, March 24, at the usual time of 11:00 US Eastern which will be 15:00 UTC.

Details for the conference call will be sent out as we get closer to March 24.

Note: if you would like to participate in these monthly calls, please join the dnssec-coord mailing list. All who want to accelerate the deployment of DNSSEC and DANE are welcome to join.

Keene’s Chloe York Heading To USA Curling Junior National Championships

Team Rodgers photo

We are delighted to announce that Keene’s Chloe York will be playing in the USA Curling Junior National Championships in Willmar, Minnesota from January 16-23, 2015 as one of the top 10 Junior women’s curling teams in the USA!  Last week at the regional “playdowns” (tournament), her team won one of two spots from the eastern USA for the “Nationals”.  The team will now travel to Minnesota starting January 15 to compete against nine other teams.

Chloe, on the right in the photo, is 13 years old and an 8th grade student at the Monadnock Waldorf School in Keene.  Chloe started curling in 2011 at the Petersham Curling Club about 45 minutes south of Keene in Petersham, MA.  Her team is led by skip (captain) Rebecca Rodgers, 15, also from Petersham Curling Club, and includes Anna Cenzalli, 14, from Cape Cod Curling Club, and Elizabeth Janiak, 14, from the Nashua (NH) Country Club. Chloe plays the “lead” position that throws the first rocks in a game.  All of the girls have been curling for 5-8 years and have been playing in competitive bonspiels (tournaments) throughout the region.

Given that this “Team Rodgers” is a new team without any corporate sponsorship, they are actively asking for donations to help fund the costs of flying 8 people (the 4 girls and their parent chaperones) out to Minnesota and housing/feeding them for the 9 days of the event.  If you would like to help support this amazing opportunity for these girls, please visit:

https://www.gofundme.com/teamrodgerscurling

If you are with a corporation or other entity that might be willing to help financially, please contact team coach Dan York at 603-439-0024 or dyork@lodestar2.com .

If you would like to follow the activities of the team over the next few weeks as they prepare for and then compete at the 2016 Junior National Championships, please follow the team on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TeamRodgersCurling where they will be posting updates.

Thank you to everyone in the area who has already helped out the team!  The girls are so excited for this incredible opportunity to play at a national level!

P.S. Wouldn’t it be great if we could offer the sport of curling in Keene?  Please let us know you are interested!

Keene’s Chloe York Heading To USA Curling Junior National Championships

Team Rodgers photo

We are delighted to announce that Keene’s Chloe York will be playing in the USA Curling Junior National Championships in Willmar, Minnesota from January 16-23, 2015 as one of the top 10 Junior women’s curling teams in the USA!  Last week at the regional “playdowns” (tournament), her team won one of two spots from the eastern USA for the “Nationals”.  The team will now travel to Minnesota starting January 15 to compete against nine other teams.

Chloe, on the right in the photo, is 13 years old and an 8th grade student at the Monadnock Waldorf School in Keene.  Chloe started curling in 2011 at the Petersham Curling Club about 45 minutes south of Keene in Petersham, MA.  Her team is led by skip (captain) Rebecca Rodgers, 15, also from Petersham Curling Club, and includes Anna Cenzalli, 14, from Cape Cod Curling Club, and Elizabeth Janiak, 14, from the Nashua (NH) Country Club. Chloe plays the “lead” position that throws the first rocks in a game.  All of the girls have been curling for 5-8 years and have been playing in competitive bonspiels (tournaments) throughout the region.

Given that this “Team Rodgers” is a new team without any corporate sponsorship, they are actively asking for donations to help fund the costs of flying 8 people (the 4 girls and their parent chaperones) out to Minnesota and housing/feeding them for the 9 days of the event.  If you would like to help support this amazing opportunity for these girls, please visit:

https://www.gofundme.com/teamrodgerscurling

If you are with a corporation or other entity that might be willing to help financially, please contact team coach Dan York at 603-439-0024 or dyork@lodestar2.com .

If you would like to follow the activities of the team over the next few weeks as they prepare for and then compete at the 2016 Junior National Championships, please follow the team on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TeamRodgersCurling where they will be posting updates.

Thank you to everyone in the area who has already helped out the team!  The girls are so excited for this incredible opportunity to play at a national level!

P.S. Wouldn’t it be great if we could offer the sport of curling in Keene?  Please let us know you are interested!

On Thanksgiving, we’re thankful for our next panel

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For Immediate Release #7: Public Relations, meet blockchain

Welcome to episode #7 of For Immediate Release. This week’s panel includes Olivier Blanchard, director of Operations and Strategy at Frontspace Media; Sharon McIntosh, president of AndThen Communications (and co-host of the EE Voice podcast on the FIR Podcast Network); and Ike Pigott, communications strategist at Alabama Power.

On this week’s show, we shared our views on the follow topics:

  • You’re probably underestimating how much of your content gets shared via SMS (text messaging). Is there anything you can do to make sharing your content via SMS easier? Would you want to?
  • By the end of next year, all 100,000 employees of Royal Bank of Scotland will be using Facebook at Work as their internal social network. It’s Facebook’s biggest win among the 300 or so companies that have signed on to the enterprise version of the world’s biggest social network.
  • Employees who aren’t engaged, along with those who are actively disengaged, are costing U.S. businesses somewhere around half a trillion dollars a year. Is there more communications can do to improve engagement levels? (Like providing channels that give employees more of a voice?)
  • South by Southwest ignited a firestorm when it canceled two panels dealing with online harassment after receiving threats of violence should the panels proceed. How well did SxSW handle the crisis?
  • Here’s a new word for PR practitioners to learn: Blockchain. It sounds geeky today. It could become a big deal sooner than you think.
  • As politics increasingly define media companies, are there implications for media relations?
  • Communicators struggle with “big data,” but you ain’t seen nothing yet as new data on visual communication is starting to appear.
  • In his Tech Report, Dan York reports on Google Play’s solicitation of podcast URLs as it plans to add podcasts to the content users can stream, the introduction of a Tor messaging tool, topics the Internet Engineering Task Force is tackling, and a country-by-country breakdown of freedom on the Internet.

Links to the source material for this episode are on Delicious.

Special thanks to Jay Moonah for the opening and closing music.

Join us next week for our sixth episode. Joining me on the panel will be Howard Greenstein, Francine Hardaway, and Mark Story.

About this week’s panel

olivierOlivier Blanchard is a French-born, American-based Brand Management and Digital Marketing consultant, the author of two best-selling books, and an acclaimed keynote speaker. As Director of Operations and Strategy at Frontspace, he draws from his years of experience in strategic Marketing and Business Management roles across a range of B2B, B2C and B2G industries, to help companies and their partners develop successful digital strategies, properly deploy social business capabilities across their organizations, and align their programs to business goals and objectives. Though based in the US, his geographic range extends beyond North America to Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. Olivier is the author of the best-selling #1 social business desk reference for digital managers and business executives: Social Media ROI: Managing and Measuring Social Media Efforts In Your Organization (Que/Pearson). Olivier is also a sought-after subject-matter expert and corporate trainer.

sharonSharon McIntosh is president of And Then Communications. With more than two decades of communications experience, she has a passion for creating and executing new ideas to drive employee engagement at companies both large and small. Most recently she served as PepsiCo’s vice president of Global Internal Communications, overseeing the company’s efforts to connect with its more than 274,000 employees worldwide. She and her team launched a number of innovative employee initiatives, including the company’s first social media training (SMART U), a social tool to share internal news externally and PepsiCo’s award-winning employee ambassador program. She and her team also developed a communications strategy to support the company’s first comprehensive, global and multi-year transformation initiative. Before joining PepsiCo in 2004, Sharon spent seven years at Sears. Among her greatest contributions there, she launched a marketing strategy for life events, ran user experience for the company’s e-commerce site and introduced the company’s first intranet. Prior to Sears, she worked at Waste Management, publishing more than 14 annual reports for various business units, managing shareholder meetings, drafting senior executive speeches and handling media relations. Sharon graduated with a B.A. in journalism from Marquette University and an M.A. from DePaul University. She lives in Norwalk, CT.

ikeAfter more than 16 years in television news, Emmy-winner Ike Pigott left to feed his passion for crisis communication. While building his consultancy, he started working with the American Red Cross – first as a local communicator in Alabama, and finally as the Director of Communications and Government Relations for a five-state region. It was during his time at the Red Cross that he pioneered the use of social media, developed the first disaster-response blogs, as well as the non-profit’s Twitter account all the way back in 2007. For the last seven years, Pigott has worked as a communication strategist and spokesman for Alabama Power, an electric utility that serves more than 1.4-million customers. He helped shape the Social Media Guidelines for Alabama Power’s parent, Southern Company, and serves on the system-wide Social Media Advisory Council. In addition to media relations duties and serving as editor of the corporate NewsCenter site, Ike works across the company to help individuals and departments get the most out of social media tools. Ike has been a featured speaker at dozens of communication conferences in the United States and Europe, and is considered a thought leader in the integration of social media in utilities and other regulated industries.

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Congrats to Keene Ice On The Start Of Their Construction!

Keene Ice construction

Congratulations to the great folks over at Keene Ice on the start of their construction on Marlboro Street here in Keene!  It’s been great going for morning runs over the past couple of months and watching the construction evolve.  They’ve been posting some photos and comments over to their page on Facebook and it’s been fun to see.

People have asked me about whether we’d be able to have any curling at the new Keene Ice arena.  Given the fact that there is an extremely heavy demand for ice time for hockey leagues, figure skating and other ice activities, especially in light of the fact that Cheshire Ice Arena (our one other ice arena in the area) will not open next year, it’s highly unlikely that we’ll be able to figure out a way to do much in the way of curling at the Keene Ice arena.

I wrote last year about the challenges of scheduling in getting a curling club going at an ice arena and that really remains the biggest challenge.  I spoke with one of the Keene Ice folks earlier this year and the reality is that getting more than just a couple of hours at odd times is not likely to happen. I think it’s awesome for them that they have so much demand!

And, as someone who enjoys ice skating, I’m very much looking forward to skating at the new arena!

I wouldn’t rule out entirely doing something at the Keene Ice arena… even if it were just some demonstrations and “learn to curl” sessions at some point in time… but our focus continues to be on how we can identify a place for some dedicated curling ice that could let us grow the kind of curling club and curling community that we’d like to see.

If you’re interested, please do join with us and let us know your interested!

And if you get a chance to drive by the Keene Ice facility on Marlboro Street, do check it out – it’s great to see!  Let’s make Keene a winter sports destination!

P.S. And yes, in addition to the scheduling, curling ice is also different from skating ice… although there are many ice arenas that work hard to get their ice closer to what you can get at a dedicated curling club.

 

 

Congrats to Keene Ice On The Start Of Their Construction!

Keene Ice construction

Congratulations to the great folks over at Keene Ice on the start of their construction on Marlboro Street here in Keene!  It’s been great going for morning runs over the past couple of months and watching the construction evolve.  They’ve been posting some photos and comments over to their page on Facebook and it’s been fun to see.

People have asked me about whether we’d be able to have any curling at the new Keene Ice arena.  Given the fact that there is an extremely heavy demand for ice time for hockey leagues, figure skating and other ice activities, especially in light of the fact that Cheshire Ice Arena (our one other ice arena in the area) will not open next year, it’s highly unlikely that we’ll be able to figure out a way to do much in the way of curling at the Keene Ice arena.

I wrote last year about the challenges of scheduling in getting a curling club going at an ice arena and that really remains the biggest challenge.  I spoke with one of the Keene Ice folks earlier this year and the reality is that getting more than just a couple of hours at odd times is not likely to happen. I think it’s awesome for them that they have so much demand!

And, as someone who enjoys ice skating, I’m very much looking forward to skating at the new arena!

I wouldn’t rule out entirely doing something at the Keene Ice arena… even if it were just some demonstrations and “learn to curl” sessions at some point in time… but our focus continues to be on how we can identify a place for some dedicated curling ice that could let us grow the kind of curling club and curling community that we’d like to see.

If you’re interested, please do join with us and let us know your interested!

And if you get a chance to drive by the Keene Ice facility on Marlboro Street, do check it out – it’s great to see!  Let’s make Keene a winter sports destination!

P.S. And yes, in addition to the scheduling, curling ice is also different from skating ice… although there are many ice arenas that work hard to get their ice closer to what you can get at a dedicated curling club.

 

 

Keene Ice Speaking to Keene City Council Tonight at 7:30pm

Keene Ice logoThe folks at Keene Ice just posted to their Facebook page that they’ll be in front of the Keene City Council tonight (Feb 19, 2015) and asked for people to come and provide support:

Supporters wanted! Tonight – City Hall – 7:30pm

We are so VERY close to beginning construction on the new arena…Please show your support for Keene ICE by attending tonight’s City Council meeting at 7:30pm, when the Council will be updated on the project before the final agreements are signed and we can started building your new rink!

If you can get there to support Keene Ice I would encourage you to do so.  Unfortunately I have other plans (concert tickets) but I will be hoping all goes well for them.  We’re not exactly sure what we’ll be able to do with the new arena in the way of curling, but we definitely believe this region needs this new arena as a way to bring more winter sports activity to the area.  ThinkRink!

Keene Ice Speaking to Keene City Council Tonight at 7:30pm

Keene Ice logoThe folks at Keene Ice just posted to their Facebook page that they’ll be in front of the Keene City Council tonight (Feb 19, 2015) and asked for people to come and provide support:

Supporters wanted! Tonight – City Hall – 7:30pm

We are so VERY close to beginning construction on the new arena…Please show your support for Keene ICE by attending tonight’s City Council meeting at 7:30pm, when the Council will be updated on the project before the final agreements are signed and we can started building your new rink!

If you can get there to support Keene Ice I would encourage you to do so.  Unfortunately I have other plans (concert tickets) but I will be hoping all goes well for them.  We’re not exactly sure what we’ll be able to do with the new arena in the way of curling, but we definitely believe this region needs this new arena as a way to bring more winter sports activity to the area.  ThinkRink!

News Release Announcing MANRS – And Asking Network Operators To Sign Up!

MANRS logo square 150 pxWe are pleased to announce that the MANRS document was officially launched this morning, November 6, 2014.

Or read the text below…  and better yet, check out the list of participants and then sign up!


NETWORK OPERATORS AROUND THE WORLD DEMONSTRATE THEIR COMMITMENT TO A SECURE AND RESILIENT INTERNET

Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) recommendations provide a coordinated approach to improve global routing system

[Washington, D.C., USA and Geneva, Switzerland] – 6 November 2014 – Leading network operators around the world today announced that they have implemented a package of recommended measures that help improve the security and resilience of the global Internet.

Working together, network operators have developed a tightly defined set of concrete actions to improve the global Internet routing system. The recommendations, called Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) recognize the interdependent nature of the global routing system and integrate best current practices related to routing security and resilience. More network operators from across the globe are encouraged to sign onto the movement and participate by visiting the website and completing the form.

Organized by the Internet Society, and building on the demonstrated success of coordinated industry activities such as World IPv6 Day and World IPv6 Launch, MANRS represents a significant step forward towards building a more resilient and secure Internet infrastructure.

“The security of the Internet as a network of networks often relies on specific collaborative action. This initiative increases the security of the Internet by improving resiliency and stability of the underlying routing infrastructure,” commented Olaf Kolkman, the Internet Society’s Chief Internet Technology Officer. “Participating network operators committed to the MANRS initiative are taking actions that address problems with incorrect routing information and spoofed traffic, demonstrating their collective responsibility to a healthy and secure Internet ecosystem. We encourage and look forward to other network operators around the world publicly taking these steps.”

Participating network operators have taken one or several of the expected actions defined by the MANRS framework. These include preventing propagation of incorrect routing information, preventing traffic with spoofed IP addresses, and facilitating global operational communication and coordination between network operators. Committed network operators are:

● CERNET

● Claranet

● Comcast

● KPN

● Level 3

● NTT

● RUNNet

● SpaceNet

● SURFnet

Several of the participating network operators commented on their actions and today’s announcement:

“Adherence to MANRS is an important commitment that operators make back to the Internet community. Together we aim to remove the havens from which miscreants maintain the freedom and anonymity to attack our network and our customers.”
– David Freedman, Claranet Group

”Comcast is committed to helping drive improvements to the reliability of the Internet ecosystem. We are thrilled to be engaged with other infrastructure participants across the spectrum and around the globe in pursuit of these goals.”
– Jason Livingood, Vice President, Internet Services, Comcast

“Good network routing practice is the fundamental requirement for trust between providers, and ultimately creates a safer and stronger Internet for customers. KPN is committed to providing secure and trustworthy communications, and by joining partners in MANRS, we continue to improve security and resiliency for all.”
– Jaya Baloo, Chief Information Security Officer, KPN

“As one of the most connected Internet providers in the world, security of the Internet is top-of-mind at Level 3 Communications. We are dedicated to supporting and protecting the Internet ecosystem and work each day to safeguard customers’ critical communications. The Internet is a shared responsibility, and only through these important collaborative efforts can we continue to ensure the protection of this collective infrastructure.”
– Dale Drew, Senior Vice President, Chief Security Officer at Level 3 Communications

“SURFnet is a big supporter of these initiatives to make the Internet more secure. Committing to the actions as outlined in the MANRS document will make routing on the Internet safer. This impacts every day usage of the Internet and helps with a free, open, and more secure Internet for all users.”
– Erik Huizer, CTO, SURFnet

For more information about MANRS and the Routing Resilience Manifesto visit:

http://www.manrs.org

About the Internet Society

The Internet Society (www.internetsociety.org) is the trusted independent source for Internet information and thought leadership around the world. It is also the organizational home for the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). With its principled vision, substantial technological foundation and its global presence, the Internet Society promotes open dialogue on Internet policy, technology, and future development among users, companies, governments, and other organizations. Working with its members and Chapters around the world, the Internet Society enables the continued evolution and growth of the Internet for everyone.

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