Professor Kilnam Chon Receives 2011 Postel Service Award
The Internet Society (ISOC) recently announced that its prestigious Jonathan B. Postel Service Award was presented to leading technologist Professor Kilnam Chon for his significant contributions in the development and advancement of the Internet in Asia.
Professor Chon contributed to the Internet's growth in Asia through his extensive work in advancing Internet initiatives, research, and development. In addition, his pioneering work inspired many others to promote the Internet's further growth in the region. The international award committee, comprised of former Jonathan B. Postel award winners, noted that Professor Chon was active in connecting Asia, and that his efforts continue today in the advancement of the Internet in other regions.
The Postel Award was established by the Internet Society to honour individuals or organisations that, like Jon Postel, have made outstanding contributions in service to the data communications community.
Lynn St. Amour, President and CEO of ISOC, commented, "I met Professor Chon nearly fifteen years ago. He has long been a pioneer in the advancement of the Internet, striving to ensure its robust development. Beyond the amazing breadth of Professor Chon's work, perhaps his most remarkable achievement is his ability to inspire others. As a result of his work and the efforts of those he has motivated, Kilnam Chon has helped to ensure the global Internet is truly for everyone."
ISOC presented the award, including a US$20,000 honorarium and a crystal engraved globe, during the 82nd meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in Taipei, November 13–18, 2011.
The Internet Society is the world's trusted independent source of leadership for Internet policy, technology standards and future development. Based on its principled vision and substantial technological foundation, ISOC works with its members and Chapters around the world to promote the continued evolution and growth of the open Internet through dialog among companies, governments, and other organizations around the world. For more information about the Postel Service Award see: http://www.isoc.org/postel/
Alexandre Cassen and Rémi Després Receives 2011 Itojun Service Award
The third Itojun Service Award was presented to Alexandre Cassen and Rémi Després at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meeting held in Taipei, Taiwan in November 2011. The awardees were recognized for their design and implementation of "6rd," an IETF protocol that aims to speed the transition to global deployment of IPv6, which is critical to ensuring the continued growth and evolution of the Internet.
The 6rd protocol has been implemented by several Internet Service Providers (ISPs) around the world, including Free Telecom—the second largest ISP in France—as part of their efforts to deploy IPv6.
First awarded in 2009, the Itojun Service Award honors the memory of Dr. Jun-ichiro "Itojun" Hagino, who passed away in 2007 at the age of 37. The award, established by the friends of Itojun and administered by the Internet Society (ISOC), recognizes and commemorates the extraordinary dedication exercised by Itojun over the course of IPv6 development.
"Alexandre and Rémi's efforts have helped to quickly bring a real IPv6 experience to hundreds of thousands of Internet users, demonstrating that IPv6 deployment can be effectively implemented on a large scale by commercial network providers," said Jun Murai of the Itojun Service Award committee and founder of the WIDE Project. "On behalf of the Itojun Service Award committee, I am extremely pleased to present this award to Alexandre and Rémi for the significant work they have done to advance IPv6 development and deployment."
The Itojun Service Award is focused on pragmatic contributions to developing and deploying IPv6 in the spirit of serving the Internet. The award, presented annually, includes a presentation crystal, a US$3,000 honorarium and a travel grant.
Alexandre Cassen said, "It is truly an honor to have been selected to receive the Itojun Service Award. As a software developer myself, It is particularly touching to receive an award created in the memory of a coding legend such as Itojun. I would also like to thank the entire team at Free Telecom who, in 2007, implemented and deployed 6rd, allowing any subscriber who asked for IPv6 to have it with a single click. As I write this, Free Telecom has more than 1,500,000 subscribers using IPv6 every day, and all new subscribers have IPv6 enabled by default. IPv6 is happening Itojun!"
Rémi Després said, "The Itojun Award is the best possible recognition that long efforts to make IPv6 deployment practicable have been useful to the Internet community. Latecomer in IPv6 standardization, I was about to send my first email to Itojun on a technical issue when I heard of his death. I was even sadder since we undoubtedly would have otherwise enjoyed sharing our ideas and our enthusiasm. Sharing the honor of this award with Alexandre Cassen perfectly illustrates the great progress possible when a dynamic network operator with a pioneer spirit and talented engineers adopts an innovative and simple design. Making IPv6 operational on a large scale in only five weeks will be remembered as a milestone of both of our professional lives."
More information on the Itojun Service Award is available at: http://www.isoc.org/itojun
Internet Society Joins Opposition to Stop Online Piracy Act
The Internet Society Board of Trustees has expressed concern with a number of U.S. legislative proposals that would mandate Domain Name System (DNS) blocking and filtering by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to protect the interests of copyright holders. While the Internet Society agrees that combating illicit online activity is an important public policy objective, these critical issues must be addressed in ways that do not undermine the viability of the Internet as a platform for innovation across all industries by compromising its global architecture. The Internet Society Board of Trustees does not believe that the Protect-IP Act (PIPA) and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) are consistent with these basic principles.
Specifically, the Internet Society is concerned with provisions in both bills regarding DNS filtering. DNS filtering is often proposed as a way to block illegal content consumption by end users. Yet policies to mandate DNS filtering will be ineffective for that purpose and will interfere with cross-border data flows and services undermining innovation and social development across the globe.
Filtering DNS or blocking domain names does not remove the illegal content—it simply makes the content harder to find. Those who are determined to download filtered content can easily use a number of widely available, legitimately-purposed tools to circumvent DNS filtering regimes. As a result, DNS filtering encourages the creation of alternative, non-standard DNS systems.
From a security perspective, DNS filtering is incompatible with an important security technology called Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC). In fact, DNSSEC would be weakened by these proposals. This means that the DNS filtering proposals in SOPA and PIPA could ultimately reduce global Internet security, introduce new vulnerabilities, and put individual users at risk.
Most worrisome, DNS filtering and blocking raises human rights and freedom of expression concerns, and often curtails international principles of rule of law and due process. Some countries have used DNS filtering and blocking as a way to restrict access to the global Internet and to curb free expression.
The United States has been a strong proponent of online Internet freedoms and therefore has an important responsibility to balance local responsibilities and global impact, especially with respect to Internet policy. Given this commitment to global Internet freedom, it would be harmful to the global Internet if the United States were to implement such an approach.
"The Internet Society Board of Trustees is deeply concerned about the ramifications of the PIPA and SOPA bills on the overall stability and interoperability of the Internet," said Raul Echeberria, Chairman of the Internet Society Board of Trustees.
"The Board recognizes that there can be misuses of the Internet; however, these are greatly outweighed by the positive uses and benefits of the Internet. We believe the negative impact of using solutions such as DNS blocking and filtering to address these misuses, far outweighs any short-term legal or business benefits."
"The Internet Society believes that sustained, global collaboration amongst all parties is needed to find ways that protect the global architecture of the Internet while combating illicit online activities," said Internet Society President and CEO Lynn St. Amour. "Mandating DNS blocking and filtering is simply not a viable option for the future of the Internet. We must all work together to support the principles of innovation and freedom of expression upon which the Internet was founded."
For more details on DNS Filtering, visit: http://www.isoc.org/internet/issues/dns.shtml
APNIC and JPRS Collaborate to Translate DNSSEC Technology Experiment Report
The Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) has collaborated with Japan Registry Services (JPRS) to translate from Japanese into English the documents "DNSSEC Technology Experiment Report—Verification of Functionality and Performance" and “"DNSSEC Technology Experiment Report — Operational Design."
These documents contain the latest information on Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) implementation, and provides information to those interested in implementing it. These reports are designed to introduce case studies to share knowledge and results gained through experiments conducted in 2010 that JPRS carried out in cooperation with Japanese ISPs, equipment vendors, and hosting providers.
APNIC would like to thank JPRS's great initiative and all those involved in the process for making such an important contribution to DNSSEC awareness. APNIC also appreciates JPRS for making the documents available in English for wider distribution. The reports are available for download from:
RFC Series Editor Appointment
The Internet Architecture Board (IAB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Flanagan as the Request For Comments Series Editor (RSE). Ms. Flanagan will assume the responsibilities from the Acting RSE, Olaf Kolkman, and begin her tenure on January 1, 2012. The contract negotiated by the IETF Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC) includes an initial term of two years and a presumptive renewal of two years.
Ms. Flanagan was selected by the RFC Series Oversight Committee (RSOC) based upon her experience, education, skills and energy she will bring to the position.
Ms. Flanagan is currently the Project Coordinator for the COmanage project, an effort funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Internet2 to create a collaboration management platform, prior to that she was Director of Systems Administration, IT Services at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Her technical background is complemented by a Masters of Science of Library Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill that will prove invaluable in the accessing and indexing of RFCs.
Ms. Flanagan brings a high degree of energy and enthusiasm to the position. Her interpersonal skills as a facilitator and good listener will enable her to work well with the capable staff at the RFC Production Center and with the community in reaching consensus on a variety of issues facing the RFC Series.
The RSOC selection followed a lengthy process that included announcing the position inside and outside the community, several rounds of interviews, reference checks, and face-to-face interviews in Taipei at IETF 82. More than thirty-five applications were received, two-thirds of which were from outside the community.
We express our congratulations to Ms. Flanagan. We also want to extend our thanks to Ray Pelletier and the RSOC chaired by Fred Baker for their role in bringing the RSE selection process to a successful conclusion; to Olaf Kolkman for his service to the community as Acting RSE; to Joel Halpern for his ongoing work as editor of the "RFC Editor Model v2" document; and to the RFC Production Center for its customary diligence in the editing and publishing of RFCs this year, likely the second most productive in RFC publication history.
We look forward to working with the new RSE; we wish her well; and know that the community will work with Heather for the betterment of the RFC Series.
—For the IAB,
2011 Global IPv6 Survey Results
On October 20, 2011 the Number Resource Organization (NRO) announced the publication of the "Global IPv6 Deployment Monitoring Survey 2011 Results," initially previewed at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Nairobi, Kenya, in September.
The findings from the survey drew on data supplied by around 1,600 international respondents, over 350 of which were from the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) region. On behalf of ARIN and GNKS Consulting, we would like to thank all who participated in the survey. Your feedback is crucial to expanding the understanding of where this community is moving, and what can be done to ensure readiness for the widespread adoption of IPv6. We hope you will take this opportunity to review the results at: http://www.nro.net/wp-content/uploads/ipv6_deployment_survey.pdf
The Public Switched Telephone Network in Transition
The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently held two workshops to examine the transition from the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) to new technologies. Circuit-switched wireline voice technology has created a high standard for reliability, accessibility, and ubiquity. Consumers will continue to expect and demand these qualities, even as they shift from PSTN services to services provided over different networks. The transition away from the PSTN is already occurring, and is likely to accelerate. Through these workshops, the Commission will seek input on the technical, economic, and policy issues that must be addressed to minimize disruption during this transition, and to protect consumers, public safety, competition, and other important interests. For more information, visit: http://www.fcc.gov/events/public-switched-telephone-network-transition-0
The North American Network Operators' Group (NANOG) will meet in San Diegeo, California, February 5–8, 2012. For more information see: http://nanog.org
The Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies (APRICOT) will meet in New Delhi, India, February 21–March 2, 2012. For more information see: http://www.apricot2012.net/
The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) will meet in Paris, France, March 25–30, 2012. For more information see: http://www.ietf.org/meeting/
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will meet in San Jose, Costa Rica, March 11–16, 2012 and in Prague, Czech Republic, June 24–29, 2012. For more information, see: http://icann.org/