Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

IPv6 Factsheet

26 October 2007

Download the IPv6 factsheet here [PDF, 402K].

ICANN today released a factsheet covering Internet Protocol 6, or IPv6. The factsheet is intended to provide an explanation of the protocol upgrade for a non-technical audience in the hope of enlarging public understanding surrounding this and related issues.

The factsheet briefly reviews the technology behind IPv6, explains why it is needed, why uptake has been slow, and outlines why a move to the protocol should be considered soon by many organisations and governments.

The factsheet continues what has been a popular series of short, clearly written, guides covering topical technical issues in which ICANN is involved. The series editor is ICANN's general manager of public participation, Kieren McCarthy.

We welcome whatever feedback the community may have, plus suggestions for future factsheets. Please post any comments you have on the related blog post. ICANN is also hosting a special two-part session on IPv6 at its Los Angeles meeting next week. Part one is on Sunday 28 October between 2pm and 3.30pm; and the second session follows on from 4pm to 5.30pm.

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