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DOCTOR IPV6: New ways of promoting IPv6 in Latin America and the Caribbean

6 October 2016

Alex DansAlex Dans, Communications Director, Latin American and the Caribbean

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During the LACNIC26/LACNOG16 in Costa Rica from 26-30 September 2016, Alejandro Acosta (R&D Coordinator at the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry - LACNIC) spoke about an interesting and innovative project to promote the Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) deployment in the Latin American and Caribbean region.

I had the pleasure to sit down with Alejandro and ask him additional details about the Doctor IPv6 project.

Alejandro Acosta presenting the Doctor IPv6 project at LACNIC26/LACNOG16 Alejandro Acosta presenting the Doctor IPv6 project at LACNIC26/LACNOG16

Alex Dans (AD): What´s the Doctor IPv6 project?

Alejandro Acosta (AA): Doctor IPv6 aims to be an innovative program to promote IPv6 in the LACNIC's region.The idea of the project is to have a mailbox (a regular email address) which receives questions from the community. Then the questions are answered in an audio file and delivered to the community as a Podcast. In the end, the user can download the podcast in .mp3 or .ogg formats. Also, a player is embedded in the Doctor IPv6 portal.

We also believe this project will help us become closer with the community.

AD: Who can ask questions and who is answering them?

AA: All the community is invited to ask questions, we only request the questions be related to IPv6.

More than one person answers the questions we receive. LACNIC is trying to find the right specialist to provide answers. Having said this, suppose a question is related with routing, then we try to find a routing expert, if the question is about DNS, then we try to find a DNS expert and so on. Please note that all answers are given by people who want to collaborate and willing to help.

So far all questions have been answered and we will do our best to keep it this way but it's impossible for us to guarantee an answer for every question. This scenario is quite similar as sending a question to a mailing list, nobody has any obligation to answer any question

AD: What kind of questions do you receive?

AA: As of now, we have received 14 questions that vary from basic to advanced levels. We think we will reach about 25 questions at the end of this year. Regarding the topics, we have received questions about: security, v6 in universities, routing, implementing v6 Labs, IPv6 address plan and more.

AD: This is an original way of promoting IPv6 deployment. Does this initiative exist in other regions?

AA: So far we are not aware of this initiative in other regions. There are other famous podcasts but not necessarily related to IPv6 such as: Ask Mr. DNS Podcast and podcasts from packetpushers.net.

AD: What message would you like to share with the Latin American and Caribbean Internet community?

AA: At this time there is about 50-55% Internet penetration in LAC. The right way to reach the other 45-50% is to do it with IPv6. Internet service providers that do not implement IPv6 are in danger of losing customers. Countries that do not implement IPv6 are in risk of getting isolated.

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Alejandro's presentation is available in Spanish, here.

Visit LACNIC's LAB website for more information.

Alex Dans
Alex Dans
Communications Director, Latin American and the Caribbean

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