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AFRINIC will be holding its IPv6 deployathon session taking place from 21 to 23 August 2019 in Lagos, Nigeria in collaboration with Eko-Konnect Research and Education Initiative.

The deployathon is focused on implementation through prototyping, building and validation. At the end of the session, through expert guidance, participants will have moved their networks one clearly measurable step forward in IPv6 deployment.

Because of its heavy implementation focus, admission requirements are very strict. Only network and systems engineers who run networks are eligible. Thus if you want to join a tribe of like-minded engineers who want to actually deploy rather than talk about IPv6, please request an invitation at: 

https://vox.afrinic.net/53357?lang=en

Seats are limited, so please register as soon as possible.

From measuring web latency and mobile broadband, from measuring disruption on the Internet to a narration of an actual shutdown of the Internet, from a survey on Internet measurement tools usage in Africa to tutorials on how to use these tools, the 2019 Internet measurements workshop at the Africa Internet Summit 2019 held in Kampala, Uganda, was packed with talks, discussions, and tutorials to remember. Held on 15 and 16 of June 2019, this event organized by AFRINIC recorded an attendance of over 30 individuals comprising various individuals/stakeholders from diverse backgrounds. There were researchers from the university, network administrators and engineers from ISPs, national research and education networks, schools and institutional networks, students from higher institutions, and some representatives of African governments, among others. The morning hours of the 2-day workshop witnessed talks delivered by remote and live speakers, which were followed by tutorials in the afternoons -- RIPE atlas on the 15th and Measurement Lab (M-LAB) on the 16th.

As a follow up to our call for participation in the Internet measurement awareness survey, we are now presenting the outcome based on the responses during the exercise. The survey was an exciting activity and some of the results from it are quite interesting and unexpected, such as the finding that research is the third reason why our respondents are conducting measurement on the Internet. This study sheds new light by focusing on the users’ understanding and awareness of the measurement infrastructure, as well as highlighting the presence of a measurement infrastructure that could be potentially deployed within corporate networks and largely hidden from the research community.

We have results that tell us about the purpose of the different business categories for running measurements and why short-term simple measurement activities tend to be more popular than long-term measurement campaigns. The Internet measurement platforms that enable measurement on a large scale were also investigated and the results presented here too. It turns out that there is a need for more of these platforms to be deployed in the African region and there is also a great need to keep the platforms online at all times once deployed. An active training campaign is needed to build up the skills necessary to run a successful Internet measurement campaign, which we found to be lacking in the African region.

UPDATE:  Federal Prosecutors Charge Amir Golestan and His Company, Micfo, LLC, for Defrauding ARIN

On May 15, 2019, federal prosecutors from the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina announced their indictment of Amir Golestan and his company, Micfo, LLC, for defrauding ARIN.  ARIN greatly appreciates the U.S. Government cracking down against Mr. Golestan and Micfo, whose elaborate scheme involved the use of sham “Channel Partner” companies to defraud not only ARIN but also the entire Internet community.  According to the prosecutors, “Golestan and Micfo fabricated the true nature of the Channel Partners, including creating false officers and deceptive websites for the businesses, which were in turn used to deceive ARIN and to fraudulently obtain IP address rights from ARIN.”  The prosecutors charged that “through this scheme, Golestan and Micfo obtained the rights to approximately 757,760 IP addresses, with a market value between $9,850,880.00 and $14,397,440.00.”

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