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Deploy360 at IETF 100, Day 4: Woohoo for DOH!

This week is IETF 100 in Singapore, and we’re bringing you daily blog posts highlighting some of the topics that Deploy360 is interested in. Thursday is another busy day, with the second sessions of the V6OPS and DNSOPS Working Groups, along with the first meeting of the DOH Working Group and other encryption-related activities.

V6OPS continues at 09.30 SGT/UTC+8 from where it left off. On the agenda are drafts relating to 464XLAT Deployment Guidelines for Operator Networks, transition requirements for IPv6 customer edge routers, and IPv6 prefix delegation for hosts. There’s other drafts on DHCPv6 Prefix Delegation and Neighbour Discovery on a cellular connected IoT router, and on using a /64 from a customer prefix for numbering an IPv6 point-to-point link. Finally, there’s an initiative to clarify about what functionalities should determine whether a network is ‘IPv6-only’.

Running at the same time is TLS, which will be primarily focusing on the two big issues of TLS 1.3 and DTLS 1.3. However, it will also be discussing drafts on connection ID, exported authenticators, protecting against denial of service attacks, and application layer TLS.

NOTE: If you are unable to attend IETF 100 in person, there are multiple ways to participate remotely.

After lunch sees the debut of DOH at 13.30 SGT/UTC+8. This is working to standardise encodings for DNS queries and responses that are suitable for use in HTTPS, thereby enabling the DNS to function where existing DNS methods (UDP, TLS and DTLS) have problems. There’s just the one draft so far, although there will also be a discussion on the planned next steps.

Alternatively, you can check out 6LO. There are four drafts relating to IPv6 Neighbour Discovery on node networks with limited power, memory and processing resources, and there will also be a discussion on the 6LO applicability and use cases. Last but not least, is a draft relating to the transmission of IPv6 packets over Wireless Body Area Networks.

Following the afternoon break, ACME is meeting at 15.50 SGT/UTC+8 to finalise the ACME specification. This has been submitted to the IESG for publication, and will focus on the feedback received to-date. Other drafts being discussed relate to automatic certificate management for telephony and email , along with Short-Term Automatically-Renewed (STAR) Certificates.

Running in parallel is DNSOP that will also continue from where it left off on Monday. Much of this session is likely to focus on new business, including returning additional answers in DNS responses, a mechanism allowing an end user to determine the trusted key state of resolvers handling DNSSEC queries, an update to the TSIG specification to address a known bug, and a proposal for a .internal TLD to use the DNS for non-global names.

For more background, please read the Rough Guide to IETF 100 from Olaf, Dan, Andrei, Steve, Karen and myself.

Relevant Working Groups

Deploy360 Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) Encryption Human Rights IETF Internet of Things (IoT) IPv6 Securing Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)

Deploy360’s Hot Topics at IETF 100

Next week is IETF 100 in Singapore which will be the first time the IETF has been held in the country. The Deploy360 team will be represented by Megan Kruse and Dan York, along with ISOC’s Chief Internet Technology Officer Olaf Kolkman. We’re again highlighting the latest IPv6, DNSSEC, Securing BGP, TLS and IoT related developments.

Below are the sessions that we’ll be following. Note this post was written in advance so please check the official IETF 100 agenda for any updates, room changes, or final details.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Friday, 17 November 2017

The Internet Society has also put together its latest Rough Guide to IETF 100. In particular, see:

If you can’t get to Singapore next week, you can attend remotely!  Just visit the IETF 100 remote participation page or check out for more options.

Community Projects IETF Open Internet Standards

IETF Outreach in Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines 2016

The initial idea for the IETF Outreach initiative came to me during my first IETF, when I noticed that there were very few people attending/participating in the IETF meeting who were from Asia-Pacific outside of Japan, China and India.

Yes, the Asia-Pacific is a region of great contrast – but in today’s age, what binds the countries together is the Internet and the value it provides on many dimensions. All are interested in furthering the use of online technologies, a secure Internet and maximizing the opportunities the Internet provides.

Seeing the limited participation from many parts of Asia-Pacific, I got to thinking of what we could do to change that. After discussing with my colleagues and many well-wishers from the Internet community, I started putting together a plan of action on how this initiative could take shape.

With the very kind support of the APRICOT-APAN 2015 Executive Committee and the Internet Society Asia-Pacific Bureau who provided funding and programmatic support, I was able to see my initiative come to life with the IETF Outreach programme being implemented in Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines through the first half of 2016.

Our outreach has been to students and professionals through technical community meetings, ICT community-operated workspaces, tertiary institutions, technical/professional associations, private companies and network operator groups.

We reached out not only in the capital cities but other cities too e.g. Surabaya, the second largest city in Indonesia with a population of 2.8 million and an extended metropolitan area of 9 million inhabitants and, Cebu City, one of the most densely populated urban centres in the Philippines where the population is less than 23 years old. 

Yes, we had some challenges – and a tight timeline – but with the support of the Internet Society Asia-Pacific Team, and our partners in the three countries, we were able to deliver localized programmes that generated much interest and helped with spreading greater awareness of what the IETF does and how one could get involved in the Internet standards-making process.

I would like to acknowledge the assistance and commitment of our country mentors and partners – Yudho and Garin in Indonesia, Harish and Olivia in Singapore, Nestor and Benjz in the Philippines – who helped us achieve our goals.

Through their efforts, we were able to reach nearly 800 people over 13 events in the three countries – and we are not done yet – with more to come! We already expect at least 2 Internet Drafts to come out of this exercise, which is really promising and an early endorsement of our efforts!

Growing the Internet

The many faces of technology, lessons from Asia-Pacific

May and June were filled with very interesting ICT events in Asia Pacific many of which I was lucky enough to attend because I was either fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to speak or, because the event was supported by the Internet Society Asia-Pacific Bureau.

From the slick CommunicAsia megashow in Singapore where MNCs launch their latest products to the 2nd edition of the Aid & Response Summit in Bangkok where disaster and community resilience experts discussed improvements particularly through the use of mobiles, and finally to ICTD Singapore 2015 an information and communication technologies and development conference in Singapore where academics from around the world met to examine, critique and refine ICT used by individuals and the community in the service of human development.  What was interesting about the last event was the acceptance that there are multidisciplinary challenges associated with the engineering, application and adoption of ICTs in developing regions–or for development–with implications for design, policy and, practice.

Held over four days, the ICTD event at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore was packed with more than 100 presentations, panel discussions, demonstrations, workshop and networking opportunities. Sessions were held under the topics of education, disability, agriculture and small business, mobile banking and mobile phones, health and, e-government and politics.  They were all so interesting that it was difficult to select which one to listen to.

There were diverse studies in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar.  Some of them include:

-Mobile technology for refugee resilience in urban and peri-urban Malaysia

-The promises and pitfalls of mobile money in Afghanistan: evidence from randomized control trial

-Sada Vehra: A framework for crowdsourcing Punjabi language content

-ICTs for agriculture knowledge management: Insights from DHRUVA, India

-Work-related use and positive livelihood outcomes among mobile phone users in Asia

A few takeaways from these events are that all human activity has now been touched by information and communication technology and everyone can shape the design of these technologies, and, information communication technology has the power to change lives for the better but only if people allow it—or want to empower themselves.