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Proposing Making RIPE Atlas Data More Public
Proposing Making RIPE Atlas Data More Public
Vesna Manojlovic — 17 Dec 2013

RIPE Atlas is now three years old, and is moving from a prototype to production service. Based on our experience so far, observing typical usage and listening to user feedback, we suggest opening up the publication of measurement data further. In this article we aim to clarify the current situation regarding privacy, and ask for community input about our suggested plan to move forward. … Read more

Are We Ready to Switch Off IPv4?
Marco Hogewoning — 13 Dec 2013

At the RIPE 67 meeting in Athens, Greece, the RIPE IPv6 Working Group ran a little experiment to test the feasibility of an IPv6-only network and to identify challenges in user experience. While the results were highly encouraging, they indicated that there is still work to be done before IPv4 can be switched off once and for all. … Read more

Tags: ipv6
14th Saudi Arabian IPv6 Task Force Meeting
Marco Hogewoning — 14 Nov 2013

The RIPE NCC recently participated in a meeting of the Saudi Arabian Task Force. A well-attended event, it included presentations and discussions about IPv6 deployment strategies, as well as presentations by operators reporting back on their successful IPv6 pilot projects and plans to roll out IPv6 in the first half of 2014.… Read more

Tags: ipv6
New gTLD Concerns: Dotless Names and Name Collisions
Geoff Huston — 12 Nov 2013

In the long discussions about the new generic Top level Domains (gTLD), there were two technical topics that were the subject of many assertions and little in the way of observed data. The first concerned the viability of a so-called "dotless" name, where the gTLD label itself contains an IP address in the DNS, and the second concerns the concept of "name collisions" between existing local use of a name and the same name being delegated as a new gTLD. This article explores these two topics, and adds some data to the debate in the way of observed behaviours of the way common operating systems and browsers handle names. … Read more

Measuring Google's Public DNS
Measuring Google's Public DNS
Geoff Huston — 10 Nov 2013

Much has been said about how Google uses the services they provide, including their mail service, their office productivity tools, file storage and similar services, as a means of gathering an accurate profile of each individual user of their services. The company has made a very successful business out of measuring users, and selling those metrics to advertisers. But can we measure Google as they undertake this activity? How many users avail themselves of their services? Perhaps that's a little ambitious at this stage, so maybe a slightly smaller scale may be better. Let's just look at one Google service. What I would like to describe here is the results of an extended effort to measure which of the world’s Internet user population are users of Google’s Public DNS Service.… Read more

Typhoon Haiyan - What we see in RIPEstat and RIPE Atlas
Emile Aben — 08 Nov 2013

As one of the strongest typhoons on record, Haiyan is feared to have a devastating effect on the Philippines. We looked for evidence of its effects on the country's core Internet infrastructure. At first glance, the typhoon's impact on core Internet infrastructure appears to be modest. This is in stark contrast with the expected humanitarian situation in the affected area.… Read more