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Maxim Nyasa IT Solutions received a prize for its winning project for the 2019 FIRE Awards during last year's Internet Governance Forum (IGF 2019) in Berlin, Germany.

The project Introducing a scalable proof of concept for digital skills training in African schools creates career perspective for young Africans with information technology. Stanley Kwakye Dankyira  (Director and co-founder), Diana Van Der Stelt (Secretary and co-ounder) and Andrew Nana Davidson (Operations manager) were present in Berlin to collect a trophy and the prize money of USD3,000. The awards ceremony was held at the Estrel Congress Centre in Berlin on 27 November 2019.

 

AFRINIC-31 took place in Luanda, Angola, from 2 - 6 December 2019. Over 230 people from 38 countries took part in training sessions, workshops, tutorials, parallel meetings, policy development discussions, plenary sessions, elections and networking events. The meeting was organised by AFRINIC and hosted by the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology of Angola (MTTI) in collaboration with Angolan Internet Service Providers Association (AAPSI). The organisers would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the sponsors, partners and donors and the attendees, whose continued dedication and support ensure that AFRINIC meetings remain some of Africa's must-go-to ICT events. 

The AFRINIC-31 agenda can be found here. Click on the Info section to see all the presentation slides and session recordings from 3-6 December.

Meeting photos can be found here.

Detailed Daily Recaps of each day's events can be found here.

We look forward to seeing you all in Kinshasa, DR Congo, during the AIS'20, from 31 May - 12 June 2020. 

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Les Interruptions de routage ou attaques (détournements, fuites et usurpation) surviennent chaque jour sur Internet et conduisent à une série de problèmes. Ces derniers peuvent être soit des données volées, une perte de revenue, des dommages opérationnels et bien plus.

Ces incidents sont à considérer à une échelle globale car les soucis de routage qui se manifeste d’abord chez un gestionnaire réseau peuvent avoir des répercussions chez des autres.

RSYNC

RSYNC has been the de-facto protocol for the distribution of RPKI objects since the beginning. It allows Relying Party software to connect to RPKI repositories to synchronize a local copy by downloading the certificates, RPKI-signed objects (ROAs), manifest and CRLs files. While RSYNC has served its initial purpose of providing synchronization in the early stages of RPKI deployment, it has proved to be operationally unfit for a number of reasons (as per RFC 8182):

  • RSYNC is designed to limit the amount of data that needs to be transferred between client and server. However, the server needs to spend significant resources in terms of CPU and memory for every connection. This is a problem in an envisioned RPKI deployment where thousands of Relying Parties query a small number of central repositories, and it makes these repositories weak to denial-of-service attacks.
  • A secondary concern is the lack of supported rsync server and client libraries. In practice, all implementations have to make system calls to an rsync binary. This is inefficient; it introduces fragility with regards to updates of this binary, makes it difficult to catch and report problems to operators, and complicates software development and testing.

Routing outages or attacks – such as hijacking, leaks, and spoofing – happen every day on the Internet and lead to a range of problems, including stolen data, lost revenue, reputational damage, and more. These incidents are global in scale, with one operator’s routing problems cascading to impact others. There are several tools, best practices, and recommendations to help make sure that we reduce the number and impact of such incidents.

In this webinar, we are going to describe how IRR, RPKI, and PeeringDB can be used to address the problem partially.

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