The Internet Turns 50

This year marked the fiftieth anniversary of the first data packet to be sent from one computer to another and LACNIC celebrated the occasion in style, including celebrations at Casa de Internet, a panel with regional pioneers and the presence of Radia Perlman at one of the annual events of the Latin American and Caribbean community.

Promoting IPv6 Deployment

This year, LACNIC has made countless efforts to encourage IPv6 deployment in its service region. These included the organization of the fifth and sixth editions of the IPv6 Challenge, contributing to the development of success stories, the promotion of IPv4 to IPv6 transition mechanisms, the creation of new training  courses tailored to the needs of the region, and working closely with key actors of the regional Internet ecosystem to  promote IPv6 use and deployment.

Event Highlights

LACNIC organized its two annual meetings in Punta Cana and Panama. These events were attended by more than one thousand members of the regional Internet community. Activities included a panel on Small ISPs, another one on the impact of the work carried out by LACNIC and organizations in the region, the presentation of the implementation plan of the IPv4 transfer policy between RIRs, and an initiative developed together with NIC Mexico to strengthen network routing security and protect online freedom.

Innovation and Development

It has been an intensive year for LACNIC’s Technology department, featuring many challenges and new projects. Among others, highlights include a new BGP collector in the region to collaborate with the RIPE RIS information service, the organization of a Hackathon in Panama, celebrating five years of cybersecurity management by LACNIC WARP, and the installation of four new root server copies within the framework of LACNIC’s +Raíces program.

Integrating the Community

The Regional Fund for Digital Innovation in Latin America and the Caribbean (FRIDA) selected three projects received in response to its 2019 call for proposals and granted financial support for a total of USD 30,000. In addition, Ayitic Goes Global successfully closed a three-year cycle during which it sought to contribute to social inclusion and economic development in Haiti. Finally, as part of its commitment to the promotion of gender diversity within the technical community, LACNIC led a process to achieve greater female participation within the Internet ecosystem.

Security, Geolocation and Resource Information

LACNIC has added services for both members and the community in general. One of the new services is a tool for detecting open DNS root servers with IPv6 in the region. In addition, a project was developed to collaborate with the geolocation of the IP addresses used by organizations in LAC, and sensors were installed to collect information on the behavior of Internet attackers operating in the region. Finally, Inforedes was presented, a platform that allows searching for information on Internet resources in the region and at global level, implemented in cooperation with the RIPE NCC.