Internet Governance and RPKI

9 November 2012 - A Workshop on Critical Internet Resources in Baku, Azerbaijan


Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI) is a technology developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to validate the registration of Internet number resources, including IP addresses (IPv4 and IPv6). The use of RPKI will help to ensure the long-term stability of Internet routing by preventing route hijacking and leaking. This means a safer online environment for Internet users.
As with DNSSEC, resource certification represents the continuing evolution and strengthening of the Internet's infrastructure. The Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) are taking an active role in its development, working under the guidance of their members and wider communities, which at this time are actively discussing the merits of RPKI in general, and the details of high level RPKI trust anchors (Global Trust Anchors) specifically. No consensus has yet been formed about specifics of the global trust anchor implementation, but as the RIRs move toward deployment of this technology, members of the multi-stakeholder Internet community have noted that such a system raises a number of questions relating to Internet governance and administrative control of Internet routing. 

Moderator of the session, Mr Adiel Akplogan of AfriNIC, will introduce the topic and panelists. (5 minutes)

Mr Geoff Huston, APNIC Chief Scientist, will provide an explanation of the concepts and technology behind RPKI, its development and the role of the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) in deploying the technology. (15 minutes)

Mr Malcolm Hutty, of the London Internet Exchange, will outline some of the implications of RPKI that have raised concern in sections of the technical and business communities. (10 minutes)

Mr Robert Flaime, of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), will outline the importance of RPKI from the perspective of the law enforcement and the security community. (10 minutes)

Mr Sebastian Bellagamba, of the Internet Society, will discuss the benefits and risks of RPKI deployment from the perspective of Internet users around the world. (10 minutes)

The remainder of the session will be devoted to open discussion of issues relating to RPKI.