Thursday, 17 October

Thursday’s are always busy at RIPE Meetings – and this one was no different. Working groups kicked off bright and early from 9 am. 744 attendees checked in, 188 of whom proudly wear the ‘My First RIPE Meeting’ sticker. Like all other mornings, after the ritual queueing-up, meeting, and greeting at the barista station (that fuel that powers a RIPE Meeting), the crowd flowed into the two opening sessions of the day – Anti-Abuse and IPv6.


  • Abuse-c validation kicked off this session with Marco Schmidt, first sharing updates from the RIPE NCC and Jordi Palet presenting his policy proposal. There was an acknowledgement of the role Marco has played as RIPE NCC policy officer as he recently handed this role over to Petrit Hasani.
  • Guillermo Cicileo’s talk on LACNIC’s WARP centre raised an interesting discussion on whether and how far the role of CSIRTs is intertwined with registry functions and community needs.
  • As always, there were several opinions and you can view it all first-hand in the archives if you didn’t make it to the morning session.


  • Veronika McKillop gave an excellent presentation about IPv6-only deployment at Microsoft. Her statement that enterprise networks can deploy IPv6-only networks (instead of dual-stack) if they overcome the application layer problems also won kudos on Twitter.
  • Enno Rey gave a solid overview of the different types of IPv4 and IPv6 addresses, their differences and similarities.
  • The presentation from Jens Link shed light on the recent discussions on the mailing list and explained how IPv6 is perceived amongst newcomers.
  • And finally, Jen Linkova called for ideas and actions for the IPv6 working group.

Procedures like WG Chair selection rarely makes it onto the Daily Meeting Report but Rob Evans did make an interesting suggestion in the Routing WG. He suggested that newcomers might find it less intimidating to announce their candidature to the existing Chairs and then the Chairs can announce all candidates together on the list. Benno Overeinder also suggested having a trainee WG intern, so that younger community members take up the mantle.

  • From the RIPE NCC, Florian Obser and Emile Aben, talked about the RIS BGP Route Collection and shared some thoughts about how to further develop RIS.
  • Nathalie Trenaman laid out plans for RPKI core infrastructure, including a full risk and security assessment from a third-party to identify weak points and areas of improvement.
  • Massimo Candela, NTT, presented BGP Alerter – an Open Source tool that provides real BGP hijack alerts and has asked for feedback.


Big data, millions of measurements and the latest tools to carry them out. If this tickles your fancy, make sure to watch the presentations from this sesssion.


Ed Shryane’s presentation on Default maintainers was well-received, there were some comments about how resource-intensive it wil lend up being.
The big topic was the Database Task Force which also laid out the general structure of the taskforce.

The RIPE community plenary

Hans Peter Holen spoke about the final report from the Accountability Task Force.

Daniel Karrenberg presented about the RIPE Chair election process and called for volunteers for the Nomination Committee (NOMCOM). There are 17 volunteers so far, and we are aiming for 100. So, if you have attended the last three RIPE meetings, please apply!

Shane Kerr introduced the RIPE Database Task Force to the community, talked about its purpose and the timeline for the final document. The first draft should be published two months before RIPE 80 and the final version by RIPE 81.

The update on the Code of Conduct (CoC) by Brian Nisbet and Sasha Romijn, on behalf of the Diversity Task Force provides some serious food for thought. The community has worked towards being more inclusive, but there’s still some way to go. This talk triggered strong emotions, revealed some uncomfortable truths and a took hard look at whether the existing CoC is fit for this purpose. Watch this talk here.

Petrit Hasani, RIPE NCC’s new PDO officer, presented on the effectiveness of the current PDO process by showing key figures from the Address Policy and Anti-Abuse WGs. This opened a debate on how to improve the current PDP to increase participation and diversity.


Hisham Ibrahim moderated a BoF on the Centralised Internet. He invited attendees to share their thoughts on what a Centralised Internet could look like and what would be the consequences for the RIPE community.

Our favourite tweets from Day 4