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Infrastructure and Community Development 11 August 2020

Partnering with Euro-IX on Infrastructure Development, Routing Security, and More

Michuki Mwangi
By Michuki MwangiDistinguished Technologist, Internet Growth

We can only be successful in creating an Internet for everyone if everyone is part of the effort. That’s why the Internet Society is thrilled to be entering into a partnership with the European Internet Exchange Association (Euro-IX).

The partnership was made official with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 14 July. This formal agreement builds on an existing collaboration between the two organizations, who have worked together since 2012. But, whether it’s helping to bring cheaper and faster Internet to the world through the data provided in the IXP Database or making the Internet more secure by supporting the Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS), our work has only just begun.

Kjetil Otter Olsen, the chair of Euro-IX said, “The Internet Society has been an excellent supporter of Internet exchange points (IXPs) for many years and has lent the support of its teams across the world to promoting the benefits of peering for Internet networks and the end users of those networks globally.

“Signing this MoU, on behalf of Euro-IX and the community of IXPs we represent, reflects our shared commitment with the Internet Society to continue this work into the future.

“This MoU extends our existing relationship to continue to promote key projects that will improve routing security via the MANRS program and automated and accurate data collection from IXPs via the IXP Database (IXPDB), as well as to share ideas, experiences and collaborate on new projects for the betterment of the Internet and IXPs.”

Sharing and collaboration are key to creating a robust and secure Internet, which is accessible to all.  

“One of the most amazing things about the Internet is the people behind it,” says Michuki Mwangi, Senior Director for Internet Technology and Development. “Our shared belief that it takes a community to build the Internet is why we will be able to reach our goal of bringing a fast, affordable and secure Internet to the world. I’m excited to see what this partnership will bring.”

We’re stronger together than we are apart. Let’s keep teaming up to create an Internet for everyone.

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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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