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RIPE NCC Involvement at SEE 4

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The South Eastern Europe (SEE) 4/RIPE NCC Regional Meeting took place from 21-22 April at the Metropol Palace Hotel in Belgrade, Serbia. It was the largest SEE Meeting to date, with 235 attendees from 18 countries.

Presentations from the RIPE NCC included a panel on Internet governance led by Paul Rendek, Director of External Relations, which included panelists Vladimir Radunović, DiploFoundation and Désirée Miloshevic, Internet Society (ISOC). Paul gave an overview of the IANA stewardship transition and the RIPE NCC's involvement along with the other RIRs, the IETF, and the names community. He also detailed some of the other hot topics in the Internet governance sphere, including “ICT development”, which includes what the technical community is contributing to the development of the Internet.

Marco Schmidt, the RIPE NCC's Policy Development Officer, explained the Policy Development Process and gave an overview of some current policy proposals. He pointed out that the community in the SEE region doesn't currently contribute to the process as much as other areas in the RIPE NCC service region, and encouraged all attendees to get involved and help shape policy for their region.

Rumy Spratley-Kanis, Training Service Manager at the RIPE NCC, gave an overview of the RIPE NCC's different training services available to RIPE NCC members and the wider Internet community, and introduced the RIPE NCC Academy, an online learning platform that allows users to learn about technical topics and receive certification online.

Vesna Manojlovic, RIPE NCC, explained the ins and outs of IPv6 RIPEness, the RIPE NCC's rating system for LIRs' IPv6 readiness. She explained how LIRs can be awarded one through four stars, as well as the requirements for obtaining the recently added fifth star, which measures actual deployment rather than just readiness.

Massimo Candela explained how the RIPE NCC's technical tools RIPEstat and RIPE Atlas can be used to visualise network events in real time.

Other presentations included an explanation of the difference between RIPE and the RIPE NCC by RIPE Chair Hans Petter Holen, who also detailed some of the activities that the RIPE community and the RIPE NCC are involved with in the Internet governance sphere, specifically in relation to the IANA stewardship transition.

Sessions were grouped around different themes including IPv6, infrastructure, Internet measurements, and policy and governance, and included presentations on enabling IPv6 devices in your home, techniques for countering DDoS attacks, efforts to secure Europe's Internet infrastructure, and a new model for BGP operation in an SDN world. An IXP panel led by Bijal Sanghani, Euro-IX, looked at how different Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) in the region work to keep local traffic local, and discussed how much local content is hosted locally in different countries in the SEE region.

Three different lightning talks included a plan to use RIPE Altas probes to improve the electronic healthcare system in Macedonia, a tool that checks whether paths traverse IXPs, and best practices for handling IP spoofing and filtering.

All presentations are available online.

More detailed meeting minutes are also available.

The SEE 5/RIPE NCC Regional Meeting will take place in Tirana, Albania from 19-20 April 2016.