IPv6 is called the new Internet protocol. However, it’s been running on the Internet since 1999, so it’s really not so new, it’s just that not a lot of networks have implemented it as of yet. The challenge is that it is different from what we are all used to working with. It’s a bigger number: 128 bits compared to IPv4’s 32 bits. It has colons instead of periods (ok, dots for us diehard networking folks). It has all new routing protocol components. And on, and on. But, it has WAY MORE possible addresses than IPv4! The theory is, we should never run out in our lifetimes! But, it is different. So, how do you learn about IPv6 if your company is not implementing IPv6? How do you afford the equipment that is capable of running IPv6? More importantly, should you spend your own money and time to learn about IPv6 if there are no other compelling reasons or funding? The answer: YES, you should learn it on your own! A professional technologist should realize that investing in yourself is important and generally does payoff in the future. How much are you willing to invest, money wise? How about very little (and I mean ‘little’ as in a few bucks)?
Last week I had the privilege of attending the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Istanbul, Turkey to support the Number Resource Organization (NRO) on behalf of ARIN. More than 2,300 people convened in Istanbul, Turkey plus another 1,100 tuned in online to discuss Internet Governance matters with the theme “Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multistakeholder Internet Governance.” This being the first IGF I’ve attended in person, I have a few observations I’d like to share with you.
The IGF brings together varied viewpoints from around the world and from many cross sections of the Internet community; there were stakeholders representing development, regulatory, technical, economic, social, and civil society communities. These individuals, many experts in their respective fields, meet at the IGF to share and represent their interests, and this leads to many rich discussions.
Last year I went to my first Internet Governance Forum in Bali, Indonesia. I was involved in several workshops and discussions about “the role of the technical community in Internet governance,” including the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) and Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF); the role of governments; questions of increasing access to communications resources for the next billion users; and reactions to “pervasive monitoring” of Internet communications by US and other intelligence agencies. I’ve been involved with “Internet policy” for many years now, as a member of ARIN’s AC, on various ICANN Advisory Committees, and as a liaison to the ICANN Board of Directors…which turned out to be a useful perspective, but by no means complete!
I’m a layer three guy, which means that I am a network guy, specifically an Internet guy. I work on routers and connect big networks to other big networks to try and make the Internet work better. For a long time, I, and many people like me have tried very hard to ignore what we call layers 8/9/10 (the financial, administrative, and governmental entities involved with the Internet). Or worse, sometimes we have been known to sneer at them as “damage to be routed around”. I know that attitude still persists among some, but it really fails to take in the whole story.
We stand on the cusp of an explosion in the number of Internet-connected devices. The mobile revolution was just the beginning. Combined, the burgeoning wearables market and the Internet of Things will potentially create billions of new connected devices over the next few years. Every device will need an IP address and there are far too few available addresses within the IPv4 system to handle the sheer quantity of connections. It’s a problem that’s been predicted and solved for many years, in theory at least. But IPv6 is being adopted at a glacially slow pace. The reasons for the gradual adoption are simple to understand. It’s expensive. The Internet is made up of tens of millions of servers, routers, and switches that were designed to work with IPv4. Upgrading that infrastructure entails a significant capital investment.
CTU Telecommunications Specialist, Nigel Cassimire, shares what happened at this year’s Caribbean Internet Governance forum. The 10th edition of the Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF) was held at the Atlantis, Paradise Island Resort in The Bahamas from 6th to 8th August 2014. The CIGF is a regional, multi-stakeholder forum which was initiated by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat in 2005 in order to coordinate a regional approach to Internet Governance issues for the final session of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis that year. The CIGF has since been convened annually by the CTU and lays claim to being the first such regional forum in the world, all others having been convened after the initial global Internet Governance Forum in 2006.
From the Twitterverse
- We're looking forward to the North American IPv6 Summit in Denver, CO next week! @RockyMtn_IPv6 http://t.co/UzPlLSUKga
- Want to learn more about the globalization of IANA oversight? Get up to speed: http://t.co/vijKWszIwZ
- To keep the #Internet growing, organizations need to transition to #IPv6
- IGF Takes Action http://t.co/nvuFGrzSuC
- Drop by @TeamARIN's Booth at #Interop! More info at http://t.co/7PoDHDRjoI
- We now have request documentation examples available here - https://t.co/NgHBZCyMZk Check them out!
- #IPv6 transition webinar by @CEA tomorrow: http://t.co/VEhLuM12d6 Making Content Available & Ensuring Optimal Customer Experience
- Register now for #ARIN34: http://t.co/e91RGL8MSr
- RT @NetworkComputin: Understanding IPv6: What Is Solicited-Node Multicast? http://t.co/PrV9WQ1Gg3
- [New Blog] Build Your Own IPv6 Lab - IPv6 is called the new Internet protocol. However, it’s been ... http://t.co/w2VHqj0QD3
- #IPv6 deployment has made a lot of progress in less than two years—1.4 MB PDF with slides from jan 2013 vs sep 2014. http://t.co/D1YLZ4eUPC
- RT @WatchAdam: No one group should govern Internet, says Turnbull #cw #cio #tw http://t.co/M5ZDwgNWTL #apnic38 #netgov
- @TheodoreBaschak Great blog! Thanks for sharing. And great to have you at ARIN on the Road as well.
- I've posted a blog about the @TeamARIN on the Road event in #Winnipeg yesterday https://t.co/Oemd1gdAzO
- Attending #NANOG62? Come to ARIN's Public Policy Consultation (PPC) on Oct 7th: https://t.co/onqmJIqOBF
- Video series - Resource Transfers 101: https://t.co/3MxZ4jafRE Make your ASN or IP address transfer a smoother process
- Have you made your travel plans to #Baltimore yet for #ARIN34? http://t.co/l4ZVDec3aa http://t.co/4YdHnbiubS
- @flameeyes Agreed, love seeing that little 6 when we visit websites!
- Confused about the IANA oversight transition? Check out this Q&A: http://t.co/pk6nHRgcDU http://t.co/5FWvh6XvAH
- .@ehorley is leading an #IPv6 Boot Camp at @interop NY - @InformationWeek @ClarkBuckner http://t.co/EVyB0VCOAO Say hi to us at the show too!