Opening keynote for Friday at Mindtrek

I’m here for the final morning at Mindtrek, where I’ll be speaking later today.  I’m liveblogging at least the keynote today so keep refreshing this page fIP addressingor updates.

The opening keynote this morning is from Latif Ladid who will be speaking on the Future of the Internet.  It’s a great topic but there are not many people here this morning after what I suspect may have been a rather big night last night at the official party.  I decided to stay back in my apartment and work on my presentation, so I’m in fairly good shape but I suspect everyone else is suffering this morning!

9:31am Still filtering in.  Looks like a late start today.

9:42 After a brief introduction and an acknowledgement of the open bar last night, Latif Ladid takes to the stage – or rather the audience, as he’s wandering around at floor level.  He says he is going to look at how the internet works today how it will function in future.

Latif says if you think you know more about how things work than the plants and the insects you’d be wrong.  The profound decision making of nature and the simple spider is far more sophisticated than any technology we have.  The model of the spider’s web was that which Berners-Lee put into place, and the system of IP addressing was adopted to ensure that connections could be made between strands/nodes of the web.

Latif goes on to describe the history of Internet generations.

  • ArpaNET: 256 connections possible.  9.6Kbps connection, Email and FTP availability, 10 to the power of 4 address base, government content
  • Internet/NAT: 10 to the power of 9-Net10 base addresses, www-client server 33 Kbps, public internet.
  • New Internet: 10 to the powre of 38 base connections (IPv6), wireless, streaming, P2P, GRID, 1 Mbps+ connectivity, with global internet.

At the moment the internet is dominantly one way – download is the focus of technology.  Under IPv6 the internet should be genuinely 2-way.  every device will have the same power of connectivity, or secure connection.

We are moving to an always-on, always accessible version of the internet.  Essentially we will all be resident on the internet.

However, the time it takes for these technologes to be adopted is lengthy.  The IPv6 specification was designed in 1992-1998, tested and promoted between 1998-2005 and by 2006-2010 has been generally accepted.

Moving from a network of networks to a NATwork of NATworks. Instead of publishing to the world, you will begin to publish to your own exclusive network, maintaining your privacy and disconnection from those you do not wish to connect to.

However, the current internet is predominantly silo-oriented – the ‘internet of the rich’.  Under IPv6, identity and information held by identities is released and shared at the discretion of the individual.  connections between society, commerce, governance and transportation are simpler (speeding up business) but secure (enabling compliance).

We are also getting to the point where the next Y2K problem will be the Yv4 scenario (running out of IP addresses).as IPv4 only has 500 million nodes, it has been essential to adopt IPv6 which has billions of nodes.

Key advantages of IPv6 will be reduced demand on bandwidth.  Instead of broadcasting packets all over the web, packets will be sent individually to subscribers.  Most connectivity will be mobile, and security and privacy will be always-on.

Without Microsoft, the internet would not exist.  In Windows 1995, IPv6 was actually implemented.  But since Vista, Microsoft machines will always connect to IPv6 first before connecting to IPv4.

Now what is needed for mass adoption of IPv6 by connectivity suppliers, is a movement from innovation perception t upgrade perception.  We need to stop thinking about connectivity from one machine to an internet service provider, and instead simply connect directly to each other – without wifi, without ISP, without telecommunications carriers.

IPv4 can only ever reach a fifth of the world.  Only with IPv6 can we access the rest of the world.


That’s it for the morning plenary.  Now we’re in sessions and I need to work on my presentation.  I’ll post my presentation here later today.

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