Events 2008-2011

World IPv6 Day EVENTS

Wednesday 8th June 2011. On 8 June, 2011, Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Akamai and Limelight Networks will be amongst some of the major organisations that will offer their content over IPv6 for a 24-hour “test flight”.

Needless to say ISOC England has made sure its Internet services including this website, DNS, and email are available on IPv6 as well as IPv4  for this important day.  We haven’t just implemented IPv6 up for the day. IPv6 availability for and is now a permanent fixture.

Another ISOC England activity the IPv6matrix project is an important source of  information on the deployment of IPv6 around the world.

IPv6 Trial Day 2011
ISOC England’s IPv6 Matrix project is a crawler that tracks IPv6 connectivity in a novel way. See more below.


World IPv6 Day information including how to participate

Press enquiries from the media can be addressed to the Chapter or via ISOC globally

 INET London 2010

London was recently the location for an Internet Society INET event, on 29 September 2010. This brought more than 170 UK participants to a one day conference hosted jointly by ISOC England and ISOC Global.

The title of the Conference was:

The Internet revolution: Opportunities, threats and challenges to your business – ignore it at your peril!

The range of subjects addressed by the excellent panellists comforted the Chapter in continuing its focus on the key projects described above.

More information and pictures on the ISOC-E Events page.

More events to be announced soon. Watch this space!

The ISOC-E Lead Team

RECENT Projects

IPv6 crawler project In November 2009, ISOC England has received a community project grant from ISOC Global for the design and building of an IPv6 Crawler – a set of computers which would crawl through the Internet and collect IPv6 usage data, thus tracking the use of IPv6 worldwide.

A short presentation of the project was made at the London INET on 29th September 2010. The deck of slides can be downloaded from here.

INET London 2010

On Wednesday 29th September 2010, the Internet Society and its local English Chapter jointly organised a full-day conference entitled:

The Internet revolution: Opportunities, threats and challenges to your business – ignore it at your peril!

This was hosted by TV Broadcaster and futurologist James Bellini and took place at the Park Lane Hotel in Piccadilly.


The range of subjects addressed by the excellent panellists included, but were not limited to the Challenges and Opportunities facingUK businesses, the Health of the Internet, what conditions were needed to ensure future growth of the Internet, and a complete afternoon debating security issues.

The full agenda can be found on the event’s ISOC Main Web Site page.

About 170 participants attended, and lunch was an opportunity for everyone present to expand their network. The message conveyed was that we should have more of this, more often, and that the UK Internet community needed to continue to explain the challenges facing the business community in business terms.

The Internet Society presented a set of short videos detailing Future Internet scenarios. The theme of these videos was “What will the Internet look like in 10 years?”

The scenarios, entitled “Common Pool”, “Boutique Networks”, “Moats and Drawbridges”, and “Porous Garden” each offer a different view of the possible future of the Internet. Only the “Common Pool” scenario is actually desirable from a user’s point of view – and it is clear that this is the only scenario which will continue stimulating innovation and supporting growth for industries.

The scenarios can be watched on the Internet Society’s Web site.

The day also allowed for a brief presentation of results obtained using the ISOC England IPv6 Matrix crawler, a project partially funded by the Internet Society’s Community Grants programme.

The deck of slides used in this presentation can be downloaded from here. It contains a snapshot of IPv6 content provision in Europe and in Asia in September 2010.

Some feedback about the day:

“Marvellous day. Very instructive”;

“this is the most significant conference I have been to in the past years. it’s certainly a lot better than any other because the panellists here actually know what they are talking about”; “Thank you to you all, for making the event and day so worthwhile”; “Will there be an INET in London next year? I can’t wait”.

Some pictures of the day:

A captivated audience Audience INET London 2010

First Panel INET London 2010
First Panel INET London 2010

Left to right: Matthew Ford (ISOC), James Bellini (Host), Jon McNerney (ISOC), Frédéric Donck (ISOC), Cherine Chalaby (Keynote Speaker)

Second panel INET London 2010
Second panel INET London 2010

Left to Right: William Higham (Intellect UK), Matthew Ford (ISOC), Mark Gracey (Thus Ltd), James Bellini (Host), William Dutton (OII), Jim Killock (Open Rights Group)

Third panel INET London 2010
Third panel INET London 2010

Left to Right: Bertrand Lahoud (PayPal), Susan Daley (Symantech UK&I), Andrew McClelland (IMRG), Piotr Cofta (BT), David Smith (ICO), Georgina Prodhan (Reuters)

ISOC European Chapters dinner

As a preamble to the Internet Society European Chapters meeting taking place on the 30th September in London, Chapter Delegates exchanged ideas at the European Chapters dinner taking place on the previous evening.

A few pictures:

A chapter dinner
A chapter dinner

Left to Right: Gérard Dantec (ISOC France), Frédéric Taes (ISOC Wallonie), Frédéric Donck (ISOC), Mrs. Taes, Patrick Vande Walle (ISOC Luxembourg)

A Chapter Dinner
A Chapter Dinner

Left to Right: Sabrina Wilmot (ISOC), Ilda Simao (ISOC), Peter Housle (Mariner Management & Marketing LLC), Anne Lord (ISOC)

Past Events

Two ISOC-E events took place in London in September 2008.

One Web Day 2008

22nd September 2008 / The Royal Exchange. We all celebrated OneWebDay together, a day to celebrate the Internet and to reflect on what it meant to all of us.

The idea behind OneWebDay is to:

  • focus attention on a key Internet value (this year, online participation in democracy)
  • focus attention on local Internet concerns (connectivity, censorship, individual skills)
  • create a global constituency that cares about protecting and defending the Internet

A small group of people met at the Royal Exchange’s Courtyard Bar and conversations ranged from IPv6 deployment to Domain Names, ICANN, and of course, ISOC-E’s future plans. We had the chance of having Dr. Peter Kirstein among us, one of the fathers of the Internet in the UK, and he shared some of his wisdom with everybody.

One Web Day photo
One Web Day photo

Celebrating One Web Day. Left to right: Ram Mohan, Tricia Drakes, Desiree Miloshevic, Mark Reece, Peter Kirstein, Rex Wickham, Alan Barnett.

The group dispersed at around 21:00 after having shared several bottles of wine and many Internet stories from years gone by.

For those people that did not find us: our most sincere apologies. We did advise the (unhelpful) staff of our gathering and post a “One Web Day” shirt in evidence on one of the chairs – next time we’ll make sure at least one contact number is sent to participants in case they can’t find the location.

Breakfast at the Gherkin

25 September 2008 / 30 St. Mary Axe. This small event was hosted by Tricia Drakes in a building which has been described as one of “the most ingenious skyscrapers in the world for at least 30 years”.

We had the chance of having Dr. Vint Cerf, one of the fathers of the Internet, Chief Internet Evangelist at Google, speaking to us about IPv6 deployment and its effects on security, the next generation Internet, as well as Bit Rot – the problems we are likely to face in the future when our data is incompatible with next generation software. The presentation was particularly interesting in that it touched on technological aspects that resounded specifically with the banking & financial industry present in the City.

The breakfast reached a close in the late morning by a visit of the Gherkin’s stunning top floor.

Gherkin Meeting with Vint Cerf
London Gherkin Meeting with Vint Cerf

Breakfast at the Gherkin. Tricia Drakes introduces Vint Cerf before a relaxed audience.

Future Events

We are currently planning future meetings, both in London and at other locations around the UK. If you wish to suggest a location, please email us (address below). With membership spanning all of the UK, it would be great to organise a meeting close to where you live.

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