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Thanks to a changing technological and political landscape, it's become more important than ever for the RIPE NCC to engage the law enforcement community.

The first time I dealt with the RIPE NCC and the RIPE community was while working as a British police officer in 2008. I worked on cybercrime investigations and was invited to the RIPE NCC's first Roundtable Meeting for governments and regulators in Amsterdam. I didn't know what to expect, but I did know what I wanted: make it difficult for criminals to use Internet number resources for criminal activity and, if they did, make it easier for law enforcement agencies (LEAs) to identify those criminals.

Nine years later, I'm working for the RIPE NCC's External Relations team to bring the RIPE community and the LEA community closer together. In that time, we've come a long way - but there's still a lot of work we can do to help law enforcement agents do their jobs and make the Internet a safer place, to the benefit of Internet users everywhere. 

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jordi palet alta2One of the main issues when an ISP is planning to deliver IPv6 services is to decide how to address the customers. In a generic way, we could say that the first thing to do for any IPv6 deployment is the complete network addressing plan, even before obtaining your addressing space from your Regional Internet Registry (RIR), so you get it right from the very beginning.

In the case of corporate customers, generally nobody doubts that they should receive a /48 IPv6 GUA (Global Unicast Address) at every end-site, and of course, those prefixes should be persistent (often called static) to each customer.

In the case of residential customers, small office/home office (SOHO) customers or even SME customers, in IPv4, we are used to a single non-persistent (often called dynamic) public address. Moreover, because of IPv4 address exhaustion, we are moving towards private addresses in the customer WAN by means of Carrier Grade Network Address Translation (CGN),

So, what is the right thing to do in the case of IPv6 for residential and SOHO customers? This is the question we are trying to address in this article.

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AFRINIC has concluded its recent four-day Internet Number Resources Management (INRM) Fundamentals & Understanding and Deploying IPv6 Workshop in Mozambique.

Twenty-five engineers attended the workshop, which was held at the Edifício Vodacom, Rua dos Desportistas, Nº 649 Maputo, Mozambique

We'd like to extend our appreciation to Vodacom for hosting this event.

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Connecting the next 1 Billion: It is not easy, but it is doable!

My attendance and participation at the Internet Governance Forum in Jalisco, Mexico, late last year, made possible with the kind and generous support of AFRINIC, through the Fire Africa program, made me realize that I have a critical role to play, in the global goal of connecting the next 1 billion people into the Internet.

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