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Addressing 2017

January 2018

Time for another annual roundup from the world of IP addresses. Let’s see what has changed in the past 12 months in addressing the Internet and look at how IP address allocation information can inform us of the changing nature of the network itself. More...

 


BGP in 2017

January 2018

This is a report on the experience with the Internet's inter-domain routing system over the past year, looking in some detail at some metrics from the routing system that can show the essential shape and behaviour of the underlying interconnection fabric of the Internet. More...

 


A Workshop on Internet Economics

December 2017

In the United States the debate between advocates of market-based resolution of competitive tensions and regulatory intervention has seldom reached the fever pitch that we've seen over the vexed on-again off-again question of Net Neutrality in recent weeks. How can we assist and inform that debate? One way is to bring together the various facets of how we build, operate and use the Internet and look at these activities from a perspective of economics. This is the background to a relatively unique gathering, hosted each year by CAIDA, the Centre for Applied Internet Data Analysis, at the University of California, San Diego, at WIE, the Workshop on Internet Economics. These are my notes from the 8th such workshop, held in December 2017. More...

 


Network Neutrality - Again

December 2017

It strikes me as odd to see a developed and, by any reasonable standard, a prosperous economy getting into so much trouble with its public communications policy framework. More...

 


Helping Resolvers to help the DNS

November 2017

Here, I'd like to look at ways that recursive resolvers in the DNS can take some further steps that assist other parts of the DNS, notably the set of authoritative name servers, including root zone servers, to function more efficiently, and to mitigate some of the negative consequences if these authoritative name servers are exposed to damaging DOS attacks. More...

 


Hiding the DNS

November 2017

I’d like to look in a little more detail at the efforts to hide the DNS behind HTTPS, and put the work in the IETF's DOH Working Group into a broader perspective. There are a number of possible approaches here, and they can be classified according to the level of interaction between the DNS application and the underlying HTTPS encrypted session. More...