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IMD Serbia Meeting Report

The fourth Internet Measurement Day (IMD) took place on 13 September 2022. The meeting was co-hosted by the RIPE NCC, ICANN and SOX and was opened by Hisham Ibrahim, Chief Community Officer at the RIPE NCC, with Zoran Perović of SOX and Andrea Beccalli, ICANN. They welcomed participants to the first IMD Serbia meeting. IMD Serbia was an online meeting with 75 participants attending from 28 countries. 

Vahan Hovsepyan, the moderator of the event mentioned that IMD Serbia is one in a series of IMD events, co-organised by RIPE NCC and ICANN in cooperation with local stakeholders. Previous events focused on Armenia, Georgia and the Czech Republic. He explained that the RIPE NCC might organise in-person IMD activities in the future and that they are looking for expressions of interest from local organisations to act as hosts.

Following the introduction, Christian Teuschel, RIPE NCC, kicked off the first presentation with an overview of the RIPE NCC’s open data platform RIPEstat. He presented on API and UI updates and invited participants to provide feedback. Following Christian’s presentation, Nathalie Treneman, RIPE NCC, spoke on the history of Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI), detailing how it operates, the benefits and the importance of deploying RPKI in Serbia.

Next up, Michela Galante, RIPE NCC, presented on the RIPE NCC’s Routing Information Service (RIS). She detailed how it functioned, who it was intended for and invited participants to peer with RIS. Michela continued with a presentation on RIPE Atlas where she outlined the benefits of hosting probes and provided an overview of probes in the SEE area and in Serbia. Michela also highlighted the number of unused probes in the region and invited participants to become hosts.

Following a short break, Andrea Beccalli, ICANN, presented on Identifier Technology Health Indicators (ITHI). He introduced the ICANN initiative to measure the ‘health’ of the identifier system with a walk through of the metrics dashboard. John Todd, Quad9, then provided an overview of Quad9’s free open DNS recursive service. He provided data on Serbian DNS recursive traffic behaviours including take away data from a sample snapshot.

Dr. Nenad Krajnović was up next from the Serbian Open Exchange (SOX). He provided an overview of SOX infrastructure and their view of Serbian Internet, detailing the SOX network capacity. He also presented traffic statistics, noting that traffic peaked during televised football games and also detailed network latency. Vesna Krzman, Serbian Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Services (RATEL) then presented on two of RATEL’s Internet measurement tools. She noted that NetTest allowed users to measure the speed and quality of their Internet connection. Vesna continued to present on the results of benchmark, an extensive benchmarking test on three mobile network operators in Serbia.

Žarko Kecić, Serbian National Internet Domain Registry (RNIDS), presented on the utilisation of .rs domain names, speaking on where domains were registered, where services were used and encryption protocols. Next up was Johnathan Flaherty from Shadowserver, a company which provides Internet security reporting and malicious activity investigations. Johnathan provided numbers from their scan results of Serbian networks. He also presented on malware infections, honeypot scans and exposed services.

Finally, Matthew Luckie, CAIDA, spoke on The Spoofer Project which seeks to minimize the Internet's susceptibility to spoofed DDoS attacks through open-source software tools. Matthew ran through the spoofer infrastructure and recent publicly available test results on the Serbian Internet.

The IMD Serbia meeting closed with words from Andrea Beccalli, ICANN, Gergana Petrova, RIPE NCC and Zoran Perović, SOX. Andrea spoke on the quality of information provided and thanked the hosts for their support behind-the-scenes. Zoran noted the good attendance rate with over 70 attendees present for an online event. Gergana thanked the presenters, participants, and co-hosts ICANN and SOX. She encouraged attendees to register for RIPE 85, which is happening in Belgrade, and shared information for students and those who wished to participate online.

The meeting presentations were given in English and will be available in the presentation archive. Recording of the session will be shared with all participants.