The Internet Protocol Journal - Volume 8, Number 1

From The Editor

Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) continues to be the focus of much work within the IETF as well as throughout the world in numerous deployment projects. The success of IPv6 depends not only on the protocol itself but also on its interaction with existing services such as the Domain Name System (DNS). In our first article, David Malone looks at some issues with DNS servers and IPv6. If you are interested in following the progress of IPv6 deployment, you might want to visit The IPv6 Forum's Website at: http://www.ipv6forum.org

A couple of years ago I signed up for GSM cellphone service and later added GPRS data service to my account. With my Bluetooth-enabled phone and laptop, I can access the Internet from almost anywhere in the world. The service is neither particularly fast nor inexpensive, but for occasional use it works very well, and has "saved the day" for me numerous times. However, GPRS is not the only wide-area wireless data network technology. Kostas Pentikousis gives an overview of the many alternatives.

The term "Internet Governance" is not well-defined, but it is being used more frequently when speaking about such organizations as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The formation of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and its Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) has certainly brought the term into sharper focus. Although governance is certainly not a technical protocol issue, we still believe that it is important for our readers to follow both the debate about and the actual evolution of Internet Governance issues. However, we fully appreciate that this is an area where opinions differ—and that is why the article by Geoff Huston on this topic is labeled "Opinion."

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—Ole J. Jacobsen, Editor and Publisher
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