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A WEEK WITH THE GODS OF INTERNET- DAY 3 – Tuesday 28th July 2009


For today I had a plan to attend all four Working Group sessions however because of the fact that V6 Ops Working group was very lengthy and there were lot of discussions and new presentations happening I had to drop the ROLL working group (Routing Over Low Power and Lossy Networks)

One thing which I have realized is that major of the IETF working groups related work happens over the email lists rather than at in person meetings. So if any one wants to get update on the latest happenings at different Areas and working groups I suggest them to subscribe for the relevant mailing lists. Do not try to subscribe all of the mailing lists at once, I personally suggest you to only go for those for which you really have some background knowledge or inclination. Too much of information can have a buffer overflow

Today the most interesting session for me was 6lowpan Working group meeting. This working group is working on Ipv6 over Low power Wireless Personal Are Networks. I have decided not to describe the highlights of the issues and discussion happening at different working groups and encourage the readers to go to http://www.ietf.org website and check the proceedings under the latest meeting directory.


The world is really moving fast towards the Ipv6 implementation and unfortunately in paksitan we are unable to do much about it. I would encourage the readers to join us at http://www.ipv6tf.org.pk. In near future we are planning to revamp the website and get some more servers to start testing the real time application including the DNS.


It was a great experience to listen to the key note of Olaf Kolkman on DNSSEC. Olaf Chairs the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) which deals with all the internet architecture related research and designing.

ISOC has specifically arranged this session for the IETF community and for the experts came to Stockholm under the theme of “leading the next step towards a more secure Internet”

The Domain Name System (DNS) is one of the critical operational elements of the Internet, creating a “human environment” that allows names to be mapped to host addresses across the Internet. But the DNS was established with no inherent security mechanisms, making it vulnerable to certain malicious activities, such as DNS spoofing, where attackers make false assertions about DNS data in order to misdirect traffic to unwanted sites.

Efforts are underway on several fronts, developing better Internet security technologies and practices through open standards development and the collaborative work of developers, operators, and industry. One key effort is DNSSEC (short for DNS Security Extensions) – a set of open standards developed to authenticate DNS data using public key infrastructure to digitally sign DNS records, providing a high level of security to core transactions. It does not solve all online security issues, but it is an important step towards a more secure online experience.

I was really amused to see the first slide of Olafs presentation which stated “lets grow us a chicken”. He was refereeing to the chicken and egg situation which kept the DNSSEC implementation away from Top level domains and ISPs.
Later on Richard lamb from ICANN, JIM Galvin from .ORG, MATT Larson from Verisign and

Patrick Wallstrom fro.SE shared their views about the DNSSEC and implementation times lines. Patrick from .SE has shared the real experience about the implementation and pre and post implementation issues.

The most important part of Session was that Matt Larson from Verisign said that they will sign .net by 2010 and .com till early 2011. This announcement will really give a boost to the efforts for DNSSEC implementation.


.SE hosted the social event at VASA museum. The host has arranged a boat ride till the museum which was awesome. The food was good and the ship was amazing. Here are the pictures from the museum ……. To get more details about his old ship please refer to http://www.vasamuseet.se/InEnglish/about.aspx

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