The longest journey starts with a single step


Speaking at the InTAC workshop on planning New Zealand’s online future APNic chief scientist Geoff Huston set the short-term target of getting a couple of basic improvements in place to help build a foundation for more ambitious goal.

Huston says just as the world has gone from an era of computing scarcity to one of abundance, much the same has happened with communications. The evidence is in tablets, mobile computers that come with little storage relying instead on communications to get access to information.

This could lead to boundless innovation, but for that to happen communications needs to be open, barriers to entry need to be low.

He sees the IPv4 as a choke point. With it users rely on complex middle-ware and incumbent service providers dictate terms of market entry. And Huston worries about security

Huston sets a target of 1 percent iPv6 use and 20 percent DNSSEC use in New Zealand by the end of 2013.

Improving iPv6 use means addressing infrastructure remains open.  At present New Zealand is sitting close to the bottom of the world table in terms of iPv6 use, just in front of Australia, but a long way behind nations like Greece. We’re even further behind Romania.

He also wants New Zealanders to think harder about DNS security. He says you can’t build stunning innovation on top of half-baked security.

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