Daily Recap

Latin American and Caribbean Network Operators Forum

The Latin American and Caribbean Network Operators Forum continued during the morning of Thursday 21st September.

Edilson Florentino (EAMSOFT Consultoría) gave the day's first presentation, IPv4 + IPv6 = Top Grade Network. Jordi Palet then spoke about Troubleshooting IPv6, noting that IPv6 is often deployed incorrectly because of not having "unlearned" IPv4 and explaining how the Happy Eyeballs algorithm works.

Anahí Rebatta of Telegeography gave a presentation on the current state of the connectivity, capacity and cable market in Latin America.

The morning continued with presentations on routing and RPKI implementation.

LACNOG sessions continued after the lunch break with topics such as SDN, BGP and SD-WAN.

Afternoon activities also included the IT-Women working session.

On Wednesday 20 September, participants gathered for the opening ceremony of the Latin American and Caribbean Network Operators Forum.  After some opening remarks, Tomás Lynch described how to participate on the mailing list and submit papers to present at LACNOG events.

First, Fernando Gont, gave his presentation titled IPv6 is an Internet Standard!, where he shared some recommendations on IPv6 use and implementation.

Jan Zorz of ISOC then explained some tools for checking websites over DNS64/NAT64. After the coffee break, Carlos Ortiz showed a study on the of v4 vs v6 software performance, and Agustín Formoso presented an analysis of latency clusters in the LAC region conducted as, part of the Simón Project (click here for more informationhttps://simon.lacnic.net/).

It was then turn for Fabio Pessoa's presentation, which described some of the challenges and solutions of IX.br 3Tbps, after which Esteban Carisimo explained some IXP measurements in Bolivia and Paraguay.

In parallel, Massimo Candela and Michela Galante of RIPE NCC presented their tutorial Network Monitoring and Troubleshooting Made Easy. During this tutorial, participants learned how to use RIPE Atlas measurements to monitor and troubleshoot networks, APIs for creating measurements, RIPE Atlas's command line interface tools, and how to integrate RIPE Atlas with existing monitoring systems.

Also during the morning, more than 32 participants attended the CSIRTs meeting and shared presented several incidents and their treatment in different countries of the LAC region.

The panel on Implementing the Internet of Things took place in the afternoon. Moderated by Daniel Fuentes of ANTEL, panelists included Inés Robles (Ericsson), Marcela Orbiscay (Conicet), Julio Ciambelli (Antel) and Álvaro Retana (CISCO), who shared some IoT implementations. Julio Ciambrelli of ANTEL presented Termotanque Inteligente (smart hot water tanks), an experience ANTEL is implementing in Uruguay together with UTE, the national electricity company. Inés Robles then presented Measuring Semantic Distance betweenLWM2M Resources. To conclude, Álvaro Retana gave a presentation on the motivations for implementing smart, connected cities, and Marcela Orbiscay presented Save the Peaches, a project for predicting frost events in peach orchards.

It was then time for The Importance of IPv6 Deployment for the LAC Region, the keynote presentation by Steve Crocker, chairman of the ICANN board. Crocker noted that the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 will not be a transition in the usual sense of the word, and that both protocols currently coexist and will continue to coexist for a long time. Likewise, he highlighted the work of the community during the past 15 years and noted that it had enabled LACNIC's great success.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Noted Uruguayan Engineer José Clastornik received this award for his ongoing efforts to promote equitable Internet development in the region and especially in Uruguay, the country where he heads the e-Government Agency (AGESIC).

Working with this Agency, Clastornik has promoted policies and coordinated efforts aimed at implementing Information and Communication Technologies at public administration level. The work and leadership have an impact on multiple levels, from national to regional and international.

The Lifetime Achievement Award process begins with a public, open call for nominations, after which a panel of jurors assesses each candidate based on five criteria: impact, innovation, scope, experience and influence. Jurors for the 2017 edition of the Award were Ida Holz, Rodrigo de la Parra, Rafael Ibarra, Ben Petrazzini, Selby Wilson, Carolina Aguerre and Jesús Martínez.

Afternoon activities included the Peering Tutorial, with the participation of Nicolás Antoniello, Arturo Servín, Carlos Martínez and Guillermo Cicileo. This tutorial analyzed the basics of Traffic Exchange, Peering and CDNs, discussing their business relationships as well as various relevant technical aspects.

The day ended with a presentation by Paul Twomey, chairman of the CyberGreen board and ICANN president and CEO from 2003 to 2009. Twomey spoke on Improving Cyber Ecosystem Health through Metrics, Measurement, and Mitigation Support, and stressed the need to improve the quality of the Internet ecosystem.

Tuesday 19 September began with the LACNIC 28 opening ceremony, with more than 450 participants in the room and 300 participating remotely. The opening ceremony was hosted by:

Rogerio Mariano, President of the LACNOG Board
Andrés Tolosa, President of ANTEL
José Clastornik, Deputy Director of AGESIC
Wardner Maia, Chairman of the LACNIC Board
All four congratulated LACNIC on its 15th anniversary. Wardner Maia welcomed everyone to the event and recalled that the last LACNIC meeting to be held in Uruguay had taken place in 2012, marking the organization's tenth anniversary. He also noted that back then the organization had approximately 2800 members, while today this number has grown to almost 7000.

Maia also highlighted some of the activities scheduled for the week, such as the panel on LACNIC's 15th anniversary, the Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony, and the presentation by Steve Croker, Internet pioneer and Chairman of the ICANN board.

Likewise, he noted LACNIC's work in promoting the participation of women in the institutional life of its various technical forums and committees and as speakers at different events.

In addition, he praised the region's work on IPv6: "It's safe to say that we've made great progress: 89% of our 6900 members have been assigned IPv6 addresses by LACNIC, while 37% are being announced."

To conclude, Maia thanked Oscar Messano who this year will be ending his term on the Board.

Next on the agenda was the panel titled "15 Years Building Community" moderated by Oscar Robles and with the participation of Christine Hoepers, Mariela Rocha, Oscar Messano, Vivian Valverde, Clara Collado y Edmundo Vitale.

First co-chair of the Security mailing list (seguridad@lacnic.net) / co-chair of the First Network Security Event for Latin America and the Caribbean and promoter of the creation of LAC-CSIRTs, Christine Hoepers highlighted LACNIC's patience and initial support in the creation of projects focusing on security. She also stressed the need to provide training and bring a greater number of people to the community in order to have a better Internet.

Mariela Rocha, former FLIP6 chair and IPv6/BGP instructor at the LACNIC Campus, noted that LACNIC had supported technical personalities who later went on to become regional leaders.

Within the framework of this panel, Oscar Messano, member of the LACNIC Board, mentioned the importance of multistakeholder participation.

Vivian Valverde, currently serving on LACNIC's Fiscal Commission, underlined the role of women in the Internet sector and how various organizations are promoting women's participation and involvement in different spaces.

Clara Collado, LACTLD treasurer, observed that "LACNIC has always been faithful to its mission and vision: working with the community for the community." Finally, Edmundo Vitale, Founder and Coordinator of the Internet Workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean (WALC), expressed his appreciation to the Internet pioneers who have been working since the 1990s.

The panel titled "The Future of the Internet: The Digital Divide" began at 11:00. This panel marked the Internet Society's 25th anniversary and was part of the Intercommunity 2017 meeting. Sebastián Bellagamba presented the Internet Society report that stresses the need to continue to work in order to prepare the Internet for the future https://future.internetsociety.org/

María Julia Morales, Mauro D. Ríos, Sebastián Bellagamba, Laura Kaplan and Lito Ibarra took part in the panel discussion, which was moderated by Beatriz Rodríguez.

Traditionally, the "digital divide" has been defined as a gap between those who have Internet access and those who do not. Internet connectivity is growing worldwide and many participants have expressed the hope that it will become a force to empower and reduce the inequality among social groups and countries.

Presenters highlighted different ways to avoid the digital divide, for example, collaboration between different organizations to promote innovative projects, education and better infrastructure, among others. 

Before closing the panel, participants made a toast to celebrate the Internet Society's 25th anniversary.

Rounding up the morning, LACNIC CTO Carlos Martínez spoke about the unification of existing technical forums (FLIP6, Interconnection and LACSEC) into a single Technical Forum for the LACNIC region. He announced that this would affect only in-person activities and that each group's existing mailing lists would continue as usual.

Public Policy Forum
The Public Policy Forum began at 14:00, the space where policy proposals to modify the rules or policies which define how Internet resources are managed in Latin America and the Caribbean are presented, discussed and approved.

The following five proposals were presented:

- LAC-2017-2 v3: One-way interregional transfers to LACNIC, presented by Edmundo Cazarez. This proposal did not reach consensus, so it will return to the mailing list for further discussion.

- LAC-2017-8 v2: Modifying initial IPv6 allocations to end users, presented by Ricardo Patara. This proposal reached consensus and will now enter a 45-day call for comments period, after which it will be ratified by the LACNIC Board.

- LAC-2017-7 v2: Reducing the last-call-for-comments period in LACNIC's Policy Development Process, presented by Edmundo Cazarez. This proposal reached consensus and will now enter a 45-day call for comments period, after which it will be ratified by the LACNIC Board.

- LAC-2017-9 v1: Modifying "Subsequent Allocation" for IPv6, presented by Jordi Palet. This proposal reached consensus and will now enter a 45-day call for comments period, after which it will be ratified by the LACNIC Board.

- LAC-2017-6 v2: Modify the Resource Recovery Process, presented by Edmundo Cazarez. This proposal reached consensus and will now enter a 45-day call for comments period, after which it will be ratified by the LACNIC Board.

For more information about these proposals: https://politicas.lacnic.net/politicas/list

To join the Policy mailing list: https://mail.lacnic.net/mailman/listinfo/politicas

The event kicked off this Monday 18 September at the Radisson Montevideo Victoria Plaza Hotel, where more than 380 participants had the chance to attend five tutorials and the Forum for Incident Response and Security Teams' Technical Colloquium.

Newcomers' Session
The morning began with the Newcomers' Session. Oscar Robles, LACNIC CEO, welcomed the 120 new participants and reviewed the activities that will take place throughout the week.

Advanced IPv6 Tutorial
Instructors: Alejandro Acosta, Jordi Palet, Ariel Weher, Felipe Rivera, Matías Sentanaro, Gonzalo Escuder Bell, Eduardo Barasal Morales

This tutorial was designed for participants with prior experience working with IPv6 seeking to further their knowledge on IPv6 operation. Contents included topics such as the advantages of IPv6, a comparison of IPv6 transition mechanisms, IPv6 with PPPoE, and dual-stack in mobile networks.

TUTORIAL: Resource Management / Mi LACNIC
Instructors: Rodrigo Zambrana, Sergio Rojas, José Varela.

This tutorial explored the use and features of MiLACNIC, the new resource management system launched by LACNIC earlier this year. Its contents were designed for representatives of organizations that are already members of our organization and have been assigned IPv4 and / or IPv6 resources directly by LACNIC.

Tutorial: Changing Internet Policies is Easy
Instructors: Sergio Rojas, LACNIC

During this tutorial, participants learned how to modify the requirements for receiving IP addresses and the rest of the policies under which number resources are managed.

We invite you to subscribe to the Policy mailing list and keep up with the latest news: https://mail.lacnic.net/mailman/listinfo/politicas

BGP/RPKI Tutorial
Instructors: Mariela Rocha, Gerardo Rada, Guillermo Cicileo  

The first session of this two-part tutorial included an introduction to the BGP protocol, along with recommendations and current best practices for both carrier/ISP and end-user environments.

The second session introduced some of the current trends in routing security, particularly origin validation using resource certification.

Tutorial: Collaborative Leadership Exchange on Infrastructure for Development
Instructor: Michael Fox

The goal of this tutorial was to promote the multistakeholder Internet Governance model, fostering interactive discussions and encouraging increased collaboration among the various stakeholders that are part of the Internet ecosystem.

The day ended with a welcome cocktail held at Cabildo de Montevideo, seat of the colonial government, where participants were invited to share a pleasant moment with their Latin American and Caribbean colleagues.

We invite you to join us tomorrow at 9:00 am (local Uruguay time) and remind you that you can visit the LACNIC stand where our experts will be available throughout the week to provide information on LACNIC's different services and activities.