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NANOG Meeting Presentation Abstract

The Interplay of Operations Knowledge and Policy in IPv6 Deployment
Meeting: Road6
Date / Time: 2015-04-21 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Room: Waterfront Ballroom
Presenters: Speakers:

Jesse Sowell, MIT

Jesse Sowell recently completed a PhD entitled “Finding Order in a Contentious Internet” in the Technology, Management, and Policy track of MIT’s Engineering Systems Division. Sowell’s dissertation evaluated common resource management institutions that sustain the integrity of the Internet’s numbering and routing system, focusing on the character of authority in these communities (in contrast to state authority) and the family of consensus processes used to adapt resource policy apace with Internet growth and development. Sowell’s has previously done work on the contextual integrity of online privacy (Master’s thesis). Currently, Sowell is a Research Affiliate at MIT building on his work with anti-abuse communities as one element in the larger complex of non-state (“private”) institutions supporting cybersecurity. Sowell is also building on his studies of IX development and management, most notably contributing to ISOC’s work on IX deployment in developing regions.
Abstract: Internet operations is having an increasing impact on the public interest. State regulators are the conventional steward of the public good, but have little operational expertise. Network operators have deep knowledge of the operational environment, but have historically eschewed engagement in public policy. This presentation builds on Sowell's dissertation work and a recent paper on IPv6 policy strategies co-authored with Lee Howard to frame the interplay between these distinct communities, focusing on IPv6 as an early instance of engagement whose most successful outcomes are a product of hybrid arrangement drawing on complementary capabilities in these otherwise disparate groups. The conclusion of this presentation suggests that the operator community should develop policy entrepreneurs that are both "clueful" and willing to engage policy makers as they navigate the unfamiliar terrain of Internet infrastructure operations.
Files: pdfThe Interplay of Operations Knowledge and Policy in IPv6 Deployment(PDF)
Sponsors: None.

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