Mirjam Kühne

The RIPE Chair Team Reports - October 2022

Mirjam Kühne
Contributors: Niall O'Reilly

RIPE 85 takes place next week! The agenda is set, parallel sessions are all lined up, and attendees are preparing for what promises to be another vibrant RIPE Meeting. In this month's report, we look at what to expect next week and what else is happening in the community.

Getting ready for RIPE 85

The RIPE 85 Meeting is approaching fast. We currently have over 600 registrations (of which 250 online). Not only do we have quite a number of registrations from Serbia and neighbouring countries, but also from from places where it's not so easy to enter European (Schengen) countries.

The Programme Committee has put together a great programme including a number of presentations and topics from local presenters. Personally I always find it very interesting to learn more about the situation and technical developments in the region where the RIPE Meeting is taking place, and it looks like there will definitely be talks that do that at RIPE 85. Not only that, but there are also a number of BoF sessions I'm really looking forward to covering topics from sanctions to Quantum Internet.

All agendas for tutorials, BoFs, plenary and working group sessions are linked from the RIPE 85 meeting plan.

The members of the Code of Conduct Task Force together with the RIPE Meeting Trusted Contacts will be available during the week for drop-in sessions in case you would like to make any suggestions about the proposed process or find out more about the role of the future RIPE Code of Conduct Team. You can read more updates on the RIPE Code of Conduct on RIPE Labs.


For the second time, we held a special online session for students prior to the RIPE Meeting. This is a good way to make the RIPE community known to the next generation of engineers and we hope to see some of the students who attend taking part in the rest of the meeting. Not only will we make a number of free student tickets available, but we also picked up the RIPE Fellowship programme again and will continue to provide mentorships and childcare at the meeting.

I expect quite a high number of newcomers at the meeting. And while it is always great to meet old friends and colleagues (and that's of course one of the main purposes of the meeting), I am looking forward to meeting our newcomers and getting to know them so that they will also become friends and colleagues over time. You can find both Niall, the RIPE Vice-Chair, and myself at the Meet & Greet desk during coffee breaks. Is this your first RIPE Meeting? You can find more information here.


At RIPE 85, the terms of two members for the RIPE Programme Committee (PC) will end. Are you interested in helping the committee with the programme for the next RIPE Meetings? If so, feel free to take a look at information about the RIPE PC and their responsibilities.

There will also be elections for the NRO Numbers Council. You can also find more information about the NRO NC elections on the website.

Both elections will take place during the RIPE 85 week. Please look out for announcements on both through the week.

Call for hosts for future RIPE Meetings

We opened the call for hosts for RIPE 87 (November 2023) and RIPE 88 (May 2024). If you want the RIPE community to come to your town, please review the call and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Other updates from the RIPE Community

As always, other community activities continue on outside the RIPE Meeting. The Anti-Abuse Working Group together with the training team at the RIPE NCC are working on training material about how to handle abuse reports. And there are also currently two ongoing policy discussions - one in the Database working group and one in the Address Policy working group.

You can find a list of ongoing activities on the RIPE website.

Industry events

I remotely attended some sessions of the APNIC 54 meeting in September. I especially enjoyed the Inclusion in Tech and the NextGen sessions. During the Community Platform, APNIC staff presented a new interface to their mailing lists, called Orbit.

On that note, the RIPE NCC has also launched the RIPE NCC Forum, a platform based on Discourse that the community can use to ask questions about anything related to the RIPE NCC or share thoughts on any Internet-related topics of interest. Conversations are already popping up there, so do go check it out and join the conversation.

I also participated in the RIPE NCC Executive Board meeting #160 and gave an update of the current activities within RIPE.

Time permitting, this week I will participate in two Internet Governance events: From Internet Governance to Digital Political Economy and The ITU's Plenipotentiary Conference and Internet Governance. I will update you on those events in our next RIPE Labs update.


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About the author

I studied Computer Science at the TU Berlin, Germany, and have been a member of the RIPE community for over twenty years. Currently I am serving as the Chair of the RIPE Community.

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