Fear to Peer – Post Pandemic, What is the Future of Handshake Peering?

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The focus of this session was on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the organisation of peering forums around the world. We would like to understand how activities such as peering bilaterals and socials, which are usually heavily in-person dependent, will evolve and whether hybrid (in-person and virtual) events would become the new norm.

This session elaborated on the innovative ways peering forums are currently exploring to keep their respective communities engaged.

Finally, with little to almost zero face-to-face outreach events, the community building and development activities, around peering, need to be re-invented. The session discussed the impact of the pandemic on the human network and how this is affecting the operational aspects of peering.

Objectives of the Webinar
  • To understand the impact of the pandemic on the peering practices, e.g. face-to-face handshakes? 
  • What has changed during this last year in terms of peering practices?
  • What has been the impact on the IXP businesses around the world?
  • What has been the impact of the pandemic on the human network?
Target Audience
  • Network operators
  • Peering event organisers
  • Network operators’ groups (NOGs)

Organized by the African IXP Association and the Internet Society, The Virtual Peering Series – Africa is a collection of online events that highlight and analyze key issues and recent developments in Africa’s Internet ecosystem. The Series has been developed by the AfPIF Program Committee and event organizers.

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Date and Time

13:00 – 15:00 UTC

Tuesday 03 August 2021