Internet Society’s India Chennai Chapter made IPv6 a priority these past few months with panel discussions and workshops that attracted participants from all over India.
To many who are lucky enough to have access, the Internet could seem like an enormous medium full of endless ideas. But to connect to that medium in order to build those ideas, first thing your computer needs an address.
These addresses are called Internet Protocol’s. Most of us are currently using version 4 (or IPv4). That means it’s using a series of four numbers to give your computer a unique address online.
But just like any new and growing town, at some point all the homes will be occupied. According to the A6nternet Assigned Numbers Authority, we officially ran out of IPv4 address in February 2011.
A lack of Internet addresses means that sooner than later:
- Your favourite web programmes will slow down;
- Computers will have a harder time talking to each other so services like Skype may have trouble;
- Your privacy could be compromised because with all the diving of address it will be hard to tell the difference between you and the guy down the road who has your address
Less than 0.25 percent of the Internet is wired for IPv6 access. These means it’s up to all of us – from regular users to providers to policy makers – to make sure IPv6 implementation is a top priority.
The India Chennia Chapter events were chaired and attended by Internet Society experts and industry leaders including:
- Dr. Olivier Crepin LeBlond, Chair of ICANN At-Large;
- Sebastien Bachollet, Member, Board of Directors, ICANN; Shrinivas Gudipudi, Tech Mahindra;
- Shankar Vridagiri, Sify Technologies;
- Shrinivas Gudipudi, Tech Mahindra] and;
- Srinivas Chendi, Senior Community Engagement Specialist/ Liaison Officer, South Asia who participated who by video-conference.
The importance of IPv6 continued the following day thanks to a training workshop organized by the Chapter along with APNIC, the Regional Internet Registry that allocates IP and AS numbers in the Asia Pacific region.
Initially planned for 36 participants, the workshop was so popular organizers had to double the room size as 60 participants from all over India, including five participants nominated by NIXI completed the course and were certified.
Nurul Roman Islam was the Trainer for this event from APNIC, Brisbane. The participants connected to the APNIC IPv6 Lab at Brisbane.
If you missed the event you can still watch it online on the Internet Society’s Chapter’s channel page.
The Chapter thanks the National Internet Exchange of India for co-sponsoring the events during June 26-29, together with Afilias, Names Beyond
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