Alun Davies

Based in Amsterdam




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About the author

Hailing from a research background in philosophy, linguistics and computer science, I came to the RIPE NCC back in 2016 and took on my role as the RIPE Labs Editor in 2020. My job is to help keep all corners of the Internet community informed and engaged on developments and events that continue to shape the Internet as we know it. As RIPE Labs editor, I'm here to help you to get your ideas across on RIPE Labs. Whether you have questions about how to create a new article or profile, need help preparing a draft article for publication, or would just like to discuss whether your idea would be a good fit for RIPE Labs, don't hesitate to get in touch.

• On RPKI Repositories and the RIPE Database in the Cloud by Felipe Victolla Silveira

Interested readers might want to take a look at the follow-up discussion currently taking place on the RIPE NCC Services Group Mailing List:

• Reply to Ron Guilmette on Outcome of the AFRINIC Audit by Alun Davies

“When I and my journalistic colleague, Jan Vermeulen of began our investigations into this colossal and truly epic malfeasance and theft of valuable IPv4 resources in mid 2019, the notion of either of us becoming famous or of receiving any credit for unraveling and publicly documenting this gigantic scandal was not what motivated us, nor has it been, since the beginning. Rather, we merely wished to right some wrongs and return to the people of Africa some IP resources critically needed for the ongoing development of the Internet in Africa. Nonetheless, it would have been, I think, at least minimally respectful if either AFRINIC or (now) RIPE had taken a moment to at least mention our names and our very evident, abundant, and key contributions towards exposing this whole huge mess. Neither organization, it seems, has thus far elected to do so publicly. Such is the reward, or lack thereof, of a job well done.”

Sorry for the oversight. I've updated the article with some additional information and a link so readers can find out more about how the news emerged.

• Reply to Wessel Sandkuijl on Outcome of the AFRINIC Audit by Alun Davies

“The link to the full AFRINIC whois audit report is not working.”

Thanks Wessel! Should be working for everyone now.

• Reply to anna cerino on Our First Glance at the Belarus Outages by Alun Davies

“small (almost rhetorical but not really) question. do you assume these outages were created manually on request of state regulator?”

As we say, our purpose here is really to see what our data has to tell us about the scale and impact of the outages. Nothing in the data we've been looking at determines what caused the outages.

• Reply to Yury on Our First Glance at the Belarus Outages by Alun Davies

“Any info about traffic packet loss from probes?”

Good question. Arriving at a proper answer to this would require looking at all measurements from all probes for the past four days to find out if any observed packet losses is related to the outage or to other issues in the path to the destination. From a first peek at one probe that disconnected for two days and came back, it seems that (some/all?) IPv4 pings did make it through all the time. IPv6 on the other hand had 100% packet loss. See:

• Reply to Gino on Our First Glance at the Belarus Outages by Alun Davies

“A small correction - population is 9,5 mil. people”

Fixed. Thank you!

• Reply to MICHELE DAL BOSCO on New RIPE Atlas Version 4 Probes by Alun Davies

“Hi, I have been waiting for 8 months for a spare drive (maybe v4) for probe # 34441 that has stopped working. Will I get a spare unit by the end of the year?”

Hi Michele - according to our records, you applied for a new probe last April. The latest batch of version 4 probes is being shipped as we speak. We can confirm that your new probe is on its way to you.

• Reply to Andry z on Announcing RIPE Atlas VM Anchors by Alun Davies

“Is anybody here? Сan we use docker or lxc instead of VM?”

Apologies for the late response. The answer to your question is no. Using docker or LXC is not possible at present.

• Reply to Sascha Groetzner on RIPE Atlas Probes: Delays in Distribution by Alun Davies

“Any updates?”

Hi Sascha - for the latest on RIPE Atlas probes, please check this article:

• Reply to Joshua Thorman on New RIPE Atlas Version 4 Probes by Alun Davies

“Any news on the probe VM solution?”

Hi Joshua - we are currently gathering feedback on RIPE Atlas software probes and we are seeking volunteers willing to partner with us and help package the software for various operating systems and platforms. If you're interested in sending feedback or volunteering, let us know by filling in this short survey:

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