Creating Tomorrow's Internet.
INTERNET MARK 2 NEWSLETTER - APRIL 2005
A warm welcome to all our readers! In this issue:
A SPECIAL WELCOME TO EBAUMSWORLD REFUGEES
INTERNET MARK 2 ADVISORY COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS ANNOUNCED
ISOC EXPLAINS ROOT SERVERS
WSIS HEATS UP
WELCOME TO THE NEW ARRIVALS FROM EBAUMSWORLD!
On April 1 this year, the popular ebaumsworld announced to its users that it would be moving to Internet Mark 2 in the very near future, and that all users should consult their ISPs to make sure they would be able to take advantage of new features such as the odour box. The cleverly contructed article (see it at http://www.ebaumsworld.com/internetmark2.html) mixed a little bit of fact with a strong dose of fiction to send lots of people our way.
So it's a big welcome to our new readers from ebaumsworld. We won't promise you a virtual odour box or an artificial intelligence powered Internet, but we do promise you a strong effort to ensure that the Internet of the future can deliver these and much more. We are pleased that our initiative has been discovered by you and welcome your ongoing involvement.
ABOUT THE INTERNET MARK 2 PROJECT
The Internet Mark 2 Project rose out of concerns that Internet protocols and governance have not evolved sufficiently to deal with the range of problems which have appeared as the Internet gets older and bigger. We welcome your feedback and involvement in our work; some suggestions as to how you can get involved appear at www.internetmark2.org.
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INTERNET MARK 2 ADVISORY COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS ANNOUNCED
We are very pleased to announce a range of appointments to our initial Internet Mark 2 Advisory Council. The appointees cover a wide range of skills in policy, strategy, and technical development, and include some of the world's foremost experts in areas such as internationalised domain names, internet protocol development, anti-spam technologies, Internet security, open source software, and Internet policy and strategy development. Our initial Advisory Council members are:
In 1986, Izumi Aizu co-founded the Institute for Networking Design in Tokyo, a think-tank specializing in computer conferencing and served as secretary general of Networking Forum, an annual national conference on PC networking in Japan from 1987 to 1992. In 1991, he joined GLOCOM (Center for Global Communications). In 1993, he co-founded the Institute for Hyper Network Society (IHNS) whose main office is in Oita, a local city in Kyushu Island, and actively promoted community networking with grassroots citizens.
In 1997, he moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and founded Asia Network Research, an independent research unit dedicated to promote networking in Asia-Pacific, focusing on societal aspects of Internet including global governance and digital divide issues. He worked as Secretary General of Asia & Pacific Internet Association, a trade association representing the Internet business community of the region between 1998 and 2000. In April 2000, he moved back to Tokyo where he continues the research work for promoting the Internet in Asia. He participated in the Digital Opportunity Task Force, or DOT Force, initiated by the G8 to address “digital divide” issues, and the preparatory process of the WSIS (World Summit on the Information Society) as a member of Civil Society.
Ben Laurie is generally acknowledged as one of the foremost experts in Internet security. He is the author of Apache-SSL, the global number one open source secure internet web server, and is a core team member of OpenSSL, the world’s most widely used cryptographic library. He is co-author of ‘Apache: The Definitive Guide’, is a founding Director of Apache Software Foundation (ASF) and the Head of the ASF Security Team. Ben is the Technical Director of A.L. Digital Ltd and The Bunker.
A British citizen, Adam Peake has been living in Japan since 1989. He joined a Tokyo based communications consultants, Institute for Networking Design, in 1990, to work on projects focusing on virtual communities and computer mediate communications/groupware. He began working with GLOCOM as a Research Fellow in April 1993. His interests are public policy and the Internet, and promoting ICTs in society. Recent work has involved the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS http://www.itu.int/wsis), ICT policy in the Pacific Islands, and ICTs and Global Governance.
James Seng is one of the Internet pioneers in Singapore and is recognized internationally as a prominent expert on Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs), James also regularly speaks internationally on a variety of topics including VoIP, IPv6, Spam, OSS and Internet goverance issues. James also participates actively in several standard organizations (such as JTC1 and IETF). Currently, James is the Assistant Director (Next Generational Internet) in the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore. His team is responsible for tracking emerging and disruptive technologies on Internet and other related fields.
Yakov Shafranovich is a co-founder and software architect with SolidMatrix Technologies, Inc., a software development and consulting company targeting the service industry. He is actively involved with the design and development of large-scale applications utilizing XML and other Internet standards. Mr. Shafranovich is active in the Internet community as an individual member of the New York chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-NY) and a member of the IETF. He served as a co-chair of the Anti-Spam Research Group (ASRG) of the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) from August 2003 until May 2004.
Paul Vixie has been contributing to Internet protocols and UNIX systems as a protocol designer and software architect since 1980. Early in his career, he developed and introduced sends, proxynet, rtty, cron and other lesser-known tools.
Today, Paul is considered the primary modern author and technical architect of BINDv8, the Berkeley Internet Name Domain Version 8, the open source reference implementation of the Domain Name System (DNS). He formed the Internet Software Consortium (ISC) in 1994, and now acts as Chairman of its Board of Directors. The ISC reflects Paul's commitment to developing and maintaining production quality open source reference implementations of core Internet protocols.
MENG WENG WONG
Meng Weng Wong founded pobox.com, the first commercial email forwarding service, in 1995 while an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania. As CTO at pobox, he suffers from spam and this led to his involvement in a number of email developments, including founding the SPF (Sender Permitted From) email authentication solution. Meng Weng Wong has played prominent roles in various email industry approaches to messaging security problems, including SPF, the evolution of the Microsoft Sender-ID initiative, and the ASPEN email initiative.
We are truly grateful for their involvement and look forward to developing this initiative with new input and zeal.
ISOC EXPLAINS ROOT SERVERS
In two excellent articles available at http://isoc.org/briefings/019/ and http://isoc.org/briefings/020/, the Internet Society has written comprehensively on the DNS Root Name Servers for non experts. These articles come in the light of constant criticism in Internet governance debates of root zone policy being controlled by the US Government, and explain how the servers operate, the limits and extent of policy considerations, and other technical details.
US Government unilateral control of root zone policy is perhaps the most contentious issue in the internet governance debates at WSIS (see below). These article puts the facts squarely while avoiding the political issues, but are a worthwhile addition to the debate - particularly in a climate where Internet governance bodies seemed to be avoiding this issue altogether.
The Working Group on Internet Governance is now at the "business end" of its work - and, after another meeting which has just concluded in Geneva, members are now honing in on the priority issues.
The big call from nations is towards changes to what is perceived as US control of the Internet. Meanwhile the US Government is playing its cards close to its chest. It it at pains to state that its role is historic, rather than conspiratorial; but it is not letting go until it sees a proposal acceptable to it. ITU, on the other hand, is obviously pressing for greater involvement at the technical co-ordination level. Meanwhile, a raft of ideas which are being advanced as concepts rather than carefully formulated ideas are making the status quo nervous.
The next few months will be interesting as specific proposals emerge. Watch this space!
INTERNET ANALYSIS REPORT 2004 - PROTOCOLS AND GOVERNANCE
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