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Encryption 27 February 2015

Talking Encryption, Routing Security, IPv6, and More at Mobile World Congress

Olaf Kolkman
By Olaf KolkmanChief Internet Technology Officer

Photo: android – google space CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Next week I’ll be at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, talking about pervasive monitoring and additional Internet encryption, increasing routing security and resilience through the MANRS initiative, and growing IPv6 deployments in mobile operator networks. I encourage you to also read my colleague’s blog post yesterday about Kathy Brown’s keynote on the Economics of Internet Governance and Michael Kende’s panel on the regulatory enablers and obstacles to innovation of and for the mobile Internet. For today, though, I’ll focus on our technology messages.

This is a HUGE trade show for the mobile world, and it’s a great opportunity to talk to mobile operators, network equipment vendors, analysts, and others about the technology issues at the intersection of mobile networks and the Internet.

Pervasive monitoring remains a serious threat to every user of the Internet. The Internet technical community is increasing efforts to make all Internet communications more private and more secure. We support those efforts strongly and will be speaking to network operators about the practical issues of getting from where we are today to a more secure and private future.

Working collaboratively to ensure a more secure and stable routing infrastructure is also an important goal for us. To that end, I plan to speak to network operators about signing on to support the actions outlined in the Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security, or “MANRS” document, contained within the Routing Resilience Manifesto initiative. The more network operators who agree to the practices outlined in that initiative and who publicly declare that they support such practices, the more likely we will see a truly stable and secure network.

Finally, IPv6 deployment has been growing steadily for the past several years. There are significant mobile deployments at Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA in the United States, and other smaller scale deployments in mobile networks around the globe, but there is much work to be done. We would like to encourage more IPv6 uptake in mobile networks and plan to speak to operators about impediments to that progress. (As always, our Deploy360 Programme is poised to help operators get started.)

If you’re planning to attend Mobile World Congress and would like to discuss any of these issues, please drop me a note in the comments here or via our social media channels – Twitter, Facebook, or Google+. My colleague Phil Roberts and I would love to spend some time speaking with you in Barcelona.

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Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

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