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    webarchive 2nd Dec 2002ISOC-England: ISOC-E Digest Monday 18 March 2002 Volume 1: Issue 02

    “The Internet is for Everyone”

     

    The Internet Society of England freely distributable monthly Newsletter

    Editor: Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond <editor@gih.com>

    Producer: Richard Francis

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    Contents:

    Welcome to issue number 2

    News

    Feature: The Internet Protocol Journal (IPJ) (Ole Jacobsen)

    Feature: ISOC England Member’s 60 seconds survey results (Dominic Pinto)

    Working Groups

    Events Diary

    In Next Month’s Issue

    Abridged info on ISOC England

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    Date: Mon, 0 Mar 2002 00:00:00 -0000

    From: Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond <ocl@gih.com>

    Subject: Welcome to issue number 2

    This is ISOC England’s second newsletter. Thank you for

    all of the letters of support that we received for the first one.

    As time goes on, we are able to use the modest resources

    at our disposal to automate tasks and serve our members

    better. The newsletter is now archived on the ISOC England

    Web site at:

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    But enough administravia, let’s get on with the contents!

    The hot subject is that of the new ISOC governance model,

    and forthcoming elections for the ISOC Board of Trustees.

    The ISOC NEWS section of this newsletter has links to all

    of the relevant information.

    Next, an apology. In this newsletter, Richard Francis from

    iGovernance Consultants in Oxford was to shed some light on

    the highly politicised and controversial issue of global Internet

    governance. On the day the newsletter was due to be

    published, the CEO of The Internet Corporation for Assigned

    Names and Numbers (ICANN), Dr Stuart Lynn issued proposals

    for root and branch restructuring of ICANN. His conclusion after

    a year in post?

    ICANN is “losing sight of effectiveness in accomplishing our real mission.”

    Stuart Lynn’s announcement can be found on:

    http://www.icann.org/general/lynn-reform-proposal-24feb02.htm

    with a pointer to feedback forms (your feedback!) on:

    http://www.icann.org/announcements/statement-28feb02.htm

    This meant that Richard’s article itself needs restructuring too.

    His (updated) article will therefore be found in the next ISOC-E

    newsletter. The “taster” is included again towards the end of

    this newsletter for those that missed it in the first ISOC-E

    newsletter.

    ICANN may sound like an acronym we do not really relate to,

    but ultimately, actions taken by ICANN will affect all of us! They are

    responsible for the stable operation of the international root server

    system.

    I have therefore brought forward an article submitted by

    Ole Jacobsen, Editor of the Internet Protocol Journal (IPJ)

    that was supposed to appear in the next newsletter.

    The Internet Protocol Journal (IPJ) is a quarterly technical journal

    published by Cisco Systems. The journal is available as a free paper

    subscription and also available via the Web in PDF and HTML format.

    It is a “bible” of technical articles, and Ole Jacobsen is a long-

    standing Internet Veteran; one of the handful of people that was

    there at the very beginning, when the Internet was called

    ARPANET and had barely hatched out of its egg. The IPJ,

    under the expert editorialship of Ole Jacobsen is definitely a

    recognised voice in the Internet’s global development.

    What do ISOC-E members want out of their membership?

    In our second Feature article, Dominic Pinto is able to tell us

    about the results of last month’s ISOC-E membership

    survey. Thanks to all of you that answered the questionnaire,

    the ISOC-E board will be able to decide on future events.

    Watch this space!

    We would really like to receive feedback from everybody,

    so if you have suggestions, comments, or would like to

    contribute an article to the ISOC-E newsletter, then please

    write to: editor@gih.com

    Happy Reading!

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    ISOC NEWS

    NEW ISOC GOVERNANCE MODEL (3 March 2002)

    ISOC has now published procedures for the new ISOC governance model.

    The full text of the procedure can be found on the ISOC England Web site:

    http://www.england.isoc.org/isoc-newgov-info.rhtm

    2002 ISOC BOARD OF TRUSTEES ELECTIONS

    In accordance with the new ISOC Governance model, those are coming up

    soon. An announcement was made by Christian de Larrinaga, explaining the

    current position of the Board, and the search for solutions to ensure that

    every voice within ISOC England is heard:

    http://www.england.isoc.org/isoc-newgov-info.rhtm

    Each Chapter of the Internet Society is encouraged to conduct its own selection

    for a suitable candidate to be nominated for the election. The strict interpretation

    of the procedures published indicates that the “president” of the chapter has

    the authority to propose a candidate for the chapter for the election to the single

    seat that chapters around the world are able to elect this year.

    Would you like to stand as the nominated candidate for ISOC England ?

    Please contact the ISOC England Board, board@england.isoc.org for

    consideration. Time is of the essence, as shown by the following calendar:

    The election date is Tue May 28.

     

    Announce Election Tue 05-Mar-02

    Stop accepting nominations Thu 04-Apr-02

    Announce initial slate Fri 12-Apr-02

    End accepting petitions Fri 19-Apr-02

    Final slate to Elections Comm Sun 21-Apr-02

    Mail ballots Sun 28-Apr-02

    Election day Tue 28-May-02

    Announce results Fri 31-May-02

    End receiving challenges Mon 10-Jun-02

    Reply to challenges Mon 17-Jun-02

    Annual General Meeting Mon 17-Jun-02

    For full information on the election process, please consult:

    http://www.england.isoc.org/bot-election-chapter.rhtm

    ISOC ENGLAND SUPPORTS ICANN’S AT LARGE INITIATIVE

    (31 January 2002)

    Christian de Larrinaga’s reply to the ICANN announcement

    http://www.england.isoc.org/public/ICANN-ALSO-jan2002.rhtm

    FEBRUARY NEWS DIGEST

    In the fast-changing world of Technology and the Internet, News are

    a daily event. Here is a selection from February’s newsreel.

    I welcome comments about the selection!

    Please e-mail your feedback to editor@gih.com

    PRIVACY

    YOU CAN SURF, BUT YOU CAN’T HIDE (New York Times – 7 Feb 2002)

    Thanks to mobile phones, will Big Brother be keeping an eye on you?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/07/technology/circuits/07HERE.html

    REGULATORY

    SPAM CRACKDOWN – FTC SETTLES CHARGES

    (ZDNet – 12 Feb 2002)

    Federal regulators start their crackdown on spam

    http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1106-835462.html

    US OBJECTS TO EU ONLINE DIGITAL TAX (FT.com – 10 Feb 2002)

    The US is wrong to object to European Union plans to levy value

    added tax on digital products delivered online, the European Commission

    said on Monday.

    http://news.ft.com/ft/gx.cgi/ftc?pagename=View&c=Article&cid=FT3LDM58JXC&live=true&tagid=ZZZOMSJK30C&subheading=US

    INTERNET GOVERNANCE & E-GOVERNMENT

    GETTING REGULAR USERS INVOLVED IN ICANN

    ICANN’s ex-chair, Esther Dyson’s own views about the subject

    http://www.edventure.com/conversation/article.cfm?Counter=837907

    STATISTICS AND E-GOVERNMENT (Feb 2002)

    An extensive report by the OECD Statistical Network

    http://www.oecd.org/pdf/M00026000/M00026171.pdf

    .COOP INTERNET DOMAIN GOES LIVE

    The birth of another Top Level Domain

    http://www.coop

    ELECTIONS IN THE 21ST CENTURY: FROM PAPER

    BALLOT TO E-VOTING

    Calling for much greater experimentation with new technologies

    before their widespread use of e-voting in elections in the UK.

    http://www.electoral-reform.org.uk/sep/publications/books/exec.pdf

    ACCESSIBILITY

    FOR DEAF SIGNERS, A GLOVE THAT TRANSLATES

    (New York Times – 7 February 2002)

    Will Technology improve communication for disabled?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/07/technology/circuits/07GLOV.html?ex=1014099555

    PASSWORD CHAOS THREATENS E-COMMERCE

    (ZDNet – 15 February 2002)

    Can you remember all your passwords ?

    http://techupdate.zdnet.com/techupdate/stories/main/0,14179,2847895,00.html

    TECHNICAL

    W3C BACKS XML-BASED DIGITAL SIGNATURE

    The path to more secure Web Services ?

    http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1106-838335.html

    OPEN SOURCE: FROM TECHIE BACKWATER TO

    MAINSTREAM SUCCESS (Silicon.com – 5 Feb 2002)

    Four years since the term “Open Source” was coined

    http://www.silicon.com/a51061

    BT CUTS BROADBAND COSTS (Silicon.com – 26 Feb 2002)

    BT confirms rumours that had been going around the Internet community

    http://www.silicon.com/a51584

    BT BROADBAND CUTS PUT BULLDOG ON THE VERGE

    The BT broadband price cut will plunge the last surviving independent

    local loop operator at the deep end.

    http://www.silicon.com/a51653

    THE BT HYPERLINK SAGA

    “Claiming royalties on a hyperlink is like asking the user of a keyboard to

    pay for every keypress” – a Silicon.com reader

    http://www.silicon.com/a51209

    ECONOMY

    STINKING HOLLOW (Economist – 15 Feb 2002)

    How Enronitis has hit the Telecom Industry

    http://www.economist.com/agenda/displaystory.cfm?story_id=989444

    TONGUE IN CHEEK

    FROM THE INTERNET, WITH LOVE (BBC News – 14 Feb 2002)

    …or how Valentine e-romances can bloom

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_1816000/1816497.stm

    RUSSIAN MONKS IN SPAM SCANDAL (silicon.com – 4 Feb 2002)

    Spam from Russia – a Monastery Opts Out

    http://www.silicon.com/a51014

    WHAT WAS REALLY BEHIND THE DOTCOM BUST?

    (ZDNet – 11 Feb 2002)

    Blame gourmet coffee for the dotcom bust

    http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1106-833847.html

    NOT IN FINLAND ANYMORE? MORE LIKE NOKIALAND

    (New York Times – 6 Feb 2002)

    After the company town, behold the corporate nation.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/06/international/europe/06NOKI.html?todaysheadlines

    BLAIR PLAGUED BY MOBILE PHONE HOAXERS

    (Silicon.com – 26 Feb 2002)

    “Hi mate, it’s Tony, can you call me back?”

    http://www.silicon.com/a51587

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    THE INTERNET PROTOCOL JOURNAL (IPJ)

    by Ole Jacobsen, Editor and Publisher

    The Internet Protocol Journal (IPJ) is a quarterly technical journal

    published by Cisco Systems. The journal is available as a free paper

    subscription and also available via the Web in PDF and HTML format.

    Background

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    From 1987 to 1997 I was the Editor and Publisher of ConneXions—The

    Interoperability Report, published by Interop Company (now Key3Media).

    ConneXions was a monthly journal, but otherwise its purpose and scope

    was much similar to IPJ. Interop company was founded on the observation

    that a vacuum existed with respect to education about Internet

    technologies. The NetWorld+Interop conference and tradeshow continues to

    this day with a core focus on education.

    IPJ

    In early 1998 I joined Cisco Systems to produce a new journal which would

    cover technical as well as administrative, policy and legal aspects of the

    Internet. The primary focus of IPJ has always been a stream of practical

    technical articles written by some of the Internet’s most respected experts.

    While the journal is published by Cisco, it does not promote or otherwise

    cover Cisco’s products or solutions, nor for that matter those of any other

    vendor. This is probably the main reason for IPJ’s success. The journal is

    seen as a neutral forum for discussion of networking issues. Most, but not

    all, of the articles are tutorial in nature (“What is MPLS?”), others may

    raise more questions than they answer (“What changes are need to BGP to

    allow it to cope with Internet growth?). In addition to feature-length

    articles, IPJ also carries book reviews, letters to the editor, and

    announcements of various kinds.

    Subject Matters

    —————

    There are too many “hot topics” to mention, but we have covered:

    - MPLS

    - BGP Routing issues

    - Virtual Private Networks

    - IPv6

    - SSL

    - IPSec

    - Web caching

    - Middleware

    - Internet Registries

    - ICANN

    - QoS

    - Mobile IP

    - Gigabit Ether

    - Peering and Settlements

    - Multicast

    Marketing IPJ

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    IPJ has only one official marketing vehicle: The Web. From the main

    cisco.com Web page you will find information about IPJ and other Cisco

    publications. Subscription are strictly “opt-in”, we have never sent IPJ to

    any customer list or provided it to readers without them first asking for

    it. Yet, to date IPJ’s subscription base has grown to over 21,000 and the

    rate of new subscriptions does not show any signs or slowing down. Some

    60% of our readers live outside of the United States, the second largest

    subscriber base is in India. We have two subscribers in Katmandu, Nepal

    and a handful in Iceland. Most countries in the world are represented in

    our subscriber list.

    Copies of IPJ are occasionally provided for “pick up” at major Internet

    events such as INET, APRICOT or IETF meetings. It is our goal to establish

    a dialog with our readers and create a sense of community. We receive a lot

    of positive feedback from our readers, and many requests for address

    updates — a sign that people want to continue to receive the journal.

    More about IPJ

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    You can find more information about IPJ by visiting

    http://www.cisco.com/ipj

    About the author

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    Ole J. Jacobsen, the Editor and Publisher of IPJ, has been active in the

    computer networking field since 1976 when he went to work for the Norwegian

    Defence Research Establishment, an early ARPANET site. Ole was with Interop

    Company (now Key3Media) since shortly after its formation in 1987 until

    1998. He was the Editor Publisher of ConneXions–The Interoperability

    Report, a monthly technical journal in the field of computer-

    communications, published by Interop Company. Jacobsen holds a B.Sc. in

    Electrical Engineering and Computing Science from the University of

    Newcastle upon Tyne, England. He serves on several international program

    committees for networking events such as INET (http://isoc.org), APRICOT

    (http://www.apricot.net) and NetWorld+Interop (http://www.interop.com). Ole

    is a member of ACM (http://www.acm.org), The American Guild of Organists

    (http://www.agohq.org) and The House Rabbit Society

    (http://www.rabbit.org). He can be reached at ole@cisco.com

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    WHERE DO WE WANT TO GO TODAY?

    (with apologies to Bill Gates)

    a.k.a ISOC England Member’s 60 seconds survey results

    By Dominic Pinto

    Early returns on last month’s member survey confirm that our

    members have a wide range of interests and priorities. At this

    point, I would like to thank all those who participated, even

    though the results presented below are based on a handful of responses.

    Developing a coherent sense of these, and fitting them in to

    a practical framework will, I predict, pose challenges to the Chapter.

    But none are ‘un-doable’, and must inform the Chapter program

    of work. And don’t forget, the Internet is quintessentially a bottoms-up,

    and user-led, initiated, and driven environment. If there’s something

    there you want to do, networking to find like-minded people, and

    ‘doing it’ is where we are at!

    Briefly, then I’ll review the survey (and anyone is, by the way, free

    and warmly encouraged to complete this – only 60 seconds,

    honest – at any time and mail back to me),

    I’ve averaged the rankings, and left comments in, plus people’s

    expressed additional preferences.

    Rather than reach a direct conclusion – what do other members think?

    How do you react? Are you opposed, for, or want something different?

    What will the Board do?

    Olivier will just love the priority given to having a newsletter!!

    So – not just where do you want to go to today, but what do YOU think?

    Go on, have your say….

    All respondents so far are both ISOC and ISOC-E members, save one.

    A. to meet fellow members in my locality regularly – once a

    month/every three months/every six months (specify which of these

    apply) to find out what we are all doing

    Average 5.4 out of a maximum of 10

    4 months

    B. to meet with other users – in business, public sectors – in

    my locality and across the net, to find out what people are using the

    net for (profitably, to individual satisfaction, to organize, to manage

    work, to find telework, to be on the inside track to find work)

    Average 4.8

    C. for channels to contacts and connections, to showcase and

    promote business, similar ideas, views, philosophies, both directly and

    via the Web.

    Average 5.6

    D. for knowledge development and training opportunities.

    Average 5.8

    E. for regular newsletters, with information on, insight into, the

    internet – at a number of levels – technical, business, public policy,

    international policy, commercial and so on.

    Average 8.2 with a focus on Internet governance (including self-governance)

    F. for information – access to cheap, good, solid, explanatory

    seminars, workshops, and conferences, that really inform.

    Average 6.2 (overloaded but I have learned of at least one good event that

    I did not hear about elsewhere)

    G. Associating and linking – for networking, promotion of meetings,

    bringing known and attractive speakers and issues to audiences that might

    otherwise not be aware of the opportunity to hear/question/debate

    these.

    Average 5.8

    H. To associate with like-minded organisations (national and international -

    e.g. the RSA, IEE, IEEE Communications Society, IBTE, FITCE), to promote

    use of the net, share their meetings, etc.

    Average 5.2 (but not to duplicate effort)

    I. To debate and develop public policy in areas that interest me

    (e.g. higher education, science, etc.)

    Average 5 – Internet is proving to be a rotten medium for serious policy debate

    J. As a means and channel for contributing to and influencing gov’t and

    public policy.

    Average 6.4 but only if ISOC can develop structures which represent

    coherent sets of the Internet communities (plural)

    K. (any suggestions/comments)

    ‘To develop coherent sets of communities, including of different

    types of Internet users to help “educate” suppliers (forcibly if necessary)

    into providing the products and services that their customers will pay for.

    The Internet needs healthy commercial competition and revenues to flourish.

    The current polarisation between a zero billion dollar content industry,

    a handful of would-be infrastructure monopolists and bunch of wishful

    thinkers will not survive the high tech recession.’

    ‘My main concern is promoting simplicity.’

    ‘Simple software and simple interfaces.’

    ‘Conference type systems of information exchange with minimal graphics.’

    ‘If I’m in any way representative of my age group (>65) there are many

    thousands with computers who spend minimal time on the WWW.’

    ‘I recognise the value of the WWW but I hate Windoze, and I hate

    Many of the smart-ass site developers ideas of attractive usage!’

    Dominic Pinto, Senior Associate, Telesphere

    (http://www.telespherelimited.com)

    Has worked as a policy strategist and senior consultant in the global

    communications industry for over 18 years – specializing in corporate

    and business strategies, service development and applications, including

    e-commerce, business development, science policy, public and

    international policy, and regulation.

    He is an active participant in the International Telecommunications

    Society (http://www.itsworld.org), IEEE Communications Society

    (http://www.comsoc.org/), FITCE (http://www.fitce.org), IBTE

    (http://www.ibte.org), Royal Institution (http://www.ri.ac.uk), the Royal

    Society of Arts (http://www.rsa.org.uk) and has been an active member of

    ISOC for seven years. He is a founder member of ISOC-E, and the

    Founder Chairman of ISOC-E’s Internet Access Working Group.

    He can be reached at dominic.pinto@ieee.org

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    WORKING GROUPS

    These are still in the process of being formed. More information soon.

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    EVENTS DIARY

    ICANN MEETINGS IN ACCRA, GHANA

    10 – 14 March 2002

    http://www.icann.org/accra/

    INET 2002, WASHINGTON DC, USA

    18 – 21 June 2002

    “Internet Crossroads: Where Technology and Policy Intersect”

    Book NOW to attend the Internet’s yearly Global conference

    whose main themes this year are about:

    Technology, Uses of Internet, Governance, Legislation & Regulation

    http://www.inet2002.org/

    For a full schedule of future meetings and events, please consult:

    http://www.england.isoc.org/event/index.rhtm

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    IN NEXT MONTH’S ISSUE

    “Governance of the Internet at the Crossroads”, Richard Francis’

    long awaited article, will provide us with all the latest about

    Global Internet Governance. This will include all recent developments

    hot off the press:

    “The 1994 Bangemann Report to the EC identified information and

    communication technologies as generating a new industrial revolution,

    leading Europe into the information society age.

    In 2002 have these new technologies yet established the foundations

    of a new international legal and regulatory architecture? Law and

    regulations for the Internet exist in Europe. Will the instruments used

    to establish future regulations be found in European directives and

    legislation enacted by national assemblies, or new Internet industry

    codes of conduct?”

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    Date: 01 Jan 2002 (LAST-MODIFIED)

    From: editor@gih.com

    Subject: Abridged info on ISOC England

    ISOC England is a full chapter of the Internet Society in the UK.

    ISOC England is a voice of the future, creates awareness and

    promotes the Internet in the UK as a centre for business, government

    and cultural activities by working in partnership with many of the

    leading institutions, in government, academia, society and business.

    Our mission statement is:

    To assure the beneficial, open evolution of the global Internet and its

    related internetworking technologies and applications through leadership

    in standards, issues and education in England.

    For more information about ISOC England, turn to:

    http://www.england.isoc.org/about.rhtm

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