Transcript - AMM Session 1 (09:00 - 10:30)
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Maemura Akinori: Good morning, everyone. We are soon starting the APNIC Member Meeting. Before that, I would like to ask you to be properly seated -- I mean, the central tables are for members and the side tables are for non-members. The people who are members of APNIC, please be seated in the centre, and the people from non-member entities, you are asked to be seated in the side tables. Executive Council members, please be seated on the stage.
Sunny Chendi: Good morning and welcome to APNIC Member Meeting at APNIC 35. I hope you had a good APRICOT Closing Dinner last night and enjoyed APRICOT 2013 and had a successful APRICOT 2013.
If you haven't done so, we would like you to go to the APNIC desk outside and collect your gift, now or later. If you have already done so, that's fine.
As Akinori explained, we have a members area here. If you are a member of APNIC and you wish to sit in this area, you are most welcome. That is a choice for you; we are not enforcing anything.
This session is chaired by Maemura Akinori, Chair of EC. I would like to now hand over to Akinori to proceed with the AMM agenda.
Maemura Akinori: Thank you, Sunny. Good morning, everyone, again. My name is Maemura Akinori, Chair of the APNIC Executive Council. Welcome to the APNIC Member Meeting. This is our job, for running the APNIC, so that's for members to observe what is happening in APNIC Secretariat and the Executive Council.
The APNIC Secretariat and the Executive Council provide you with information about our operations, so please stay here until it is done in the afternoon, to observe what is happening.
Let's get down to our job. First of all, we have the election for the Executive Council members. I think Paul is providing the procedures and explaining. Thank you very much, Paul, our Director General.
Paul Wilson: Thank you very much, Akinori. Good morning, everyone. Thank you for being here on time and in nice respectable numbers. It's good to see you all again at the end of a long week.
I'm not going to make it any shorter by running through some formalities, which are about the important business of the day, which is election of the Executive Council, four vacant seats coming up for election today.
There are some procedures involved with this. I know many of you have seen them before, and I will try not to labour this, but it is quite important that
particularly newcomers are well aware of procedures and possibly some of us need a reminder as well.
I am going to be going through, in order, a number of topics in regard to the election. These slides, by the way, are on the APNIC Members Meeting website, if you need to look at them.
At this election, there are four vacant seats on the EC. It is a two-year term which starts from the point of election, which is today. We have a process for nominations which is timed. The nominations were opened a little while ago, closed on 8 February, last month.
We have on-site voting, as usual. We also have an online voting process as well, which is open as well, according to procedures.
The EC has responsibilities in making sure that this election runs properly. The EC is responsible for counting votes under the by-laws, but under our procedures the EC will appoint others, independent people, to serve as tellers.
The EC appoints an Election Chair, who is an independent official, to take charge of the election, to open the election process, oversee it, appoint scrutineers, declare results and, importantly, if needed, resolve any disputes.
The APNIC EC has appointed Connie Chan and George
Kuo from the Secretariat as election officers. Connie and George have been administering the call for nominations and managing the voting processes. They will be supervising the ballot paper collection, helping the tellers to perform the vote count and managing the online voting.
The tellers are Anna Mulingayan and Tom Do, also from APNIC staff, appointed by the APNIC EC. They are supervising the ballot box outside when the vote opens. They are also managing the papers, validating, counting votes and reporting the results to the Chair.
There are scrutineers for the election who have been selected by our Chair. We have Mark Kosters and Emilio appointed by our Chair. They, under the election rules, are selected from the staff of other RIRs, ICANN or ISOC. They don't vote and must be independent. They are responsible for observing the counting process -- not counting, not handling or touching votes -- and notifying the Election Chair of any issue.
The voting entitlements are according to the membership tier of every member. They vary from one vote up to 64 votes per member of APNIC, and there are a whole series of tiers in between.
There is a proxy process as well, of course, so a member may appoint another member to carry their vote.
The proxy management is done, these days, according to the corporate contacts for each member, who must appoint the proxies.
The online voting started on 13 February and ended on the 27th. The voting system, which has been explained previously, has been designed to preserve the anonymity of the voters. So that's in accord with our general voting principles. The system records who has voted and it keeps a separate record of the votes cast, so we lose the direction correlation between a member record and the votes they cast.
On-site voting is today. It will start when the Election Chair announces it and it will close at 2.00 pm sharp, that is UTC+8, today.
The corporate contacts or the contacts with voting rights, or those who are appointed proxies, can collect the ballot papers from the voting desk until the close of voting. Don't leave it until the last moment. If you are a member and haven't got your ballot papers, I recommend that you do that outside here at the next opportunity.
The voting logistics on site, we have a voting desk set up outside. There is a ballot box which will be opened with the opening of the voting. It is supervised by our tellers at all times and the election officers
who are sitting at that voting desk can handle your inquiries.
The ballot papers should also provide you with the instructions you need. They are marked with a unique stamp, so the ballot will not be counted if you don't mark anything on it or if you mark it incorrectly -- for instance, more than four boxes are marked, or if you are ambiguous or if the ballot paper does not bear the stamp that you will find on the ballot paper.
We issue ballot papers with 1, 2, 4, 8 and 16 votes. If your entitlement is to 32 or 64, then you will probably get a number of 16s. Some members want to split their votes and vote differently with different voting allocation, and you can do that if you wish to exchange your ballot papers for smaller denomination, at the voting desk.
On screen is what the ballot paper looks like, with the names of five candidates and, as I mentioned, you mark four of those candidates who you wish to select.
You will see the voting -- the value of that particular ballot paper is 8 votes, and you will have a similar number in the background of the paper, showing you how many votes you have got on any given paper.
The counting is observed by the scrutineers, conducted by the election tellers. They check all the
ballot papers, they keep tally forms, they tally those up with the online voting reports which are printed during the count. The total votes for each candidate are clearly calculated by adding up the online and on-site vote counts.
The result will be announced by the Chair at the scheduled time, 5.15 today, apparently. That announcement will include the name and total vote count received by every candidate, the number of valid and invalid votes, and, importantly, if needed, any disputes and the resolution of those disputes will be advised, and any other communications from the scrutineers will also be disclosed.
If there is any dispute, any complaint regarding the election, it must be lodged in writing with the Election Chair no later than one hour before the scheduled declaration of the election. Those notices can only be lodged by candidates, nominees or members, through the authorised voting representatives.
The Election Chair resolves any disputes and, as I mentioned, will advise us if there have been any and how they have been resolved.
Are there any questions? Thank you.
Maemura Akinori: Thank you, Paul. I would like to introduce our Election Chair. The Executive Council
asked Dr Tan Tin Wee to do this job at this time. Please can he come up to the stage and say something.
Paul Wilson: While Tin Wee is approaching, he has already demonstrated his eye for detail by pointing out that the transcript has an error regarding the closing time. The closing time is 3.15 this afternoon, not 5.15, which was recorded there.
Tan Tin Wee: May I add that any disputes have to be in an hour before that, which is 14.15 UTC+8.
Good morning, everyone, welcome to APNIC election of the EC. My name is Tan Tin Wee. I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry in the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore.
I am honoured to be appointed by the APNIC Executive Council, thank you very much, as the Election Chair of this particular election this year. I am going to invite the nominees, the five nominees, up one by one to share their vision with you and to introduce themselves to you. After that, I will open the ballot box -- I think it is somewhere out there at the back -- and Connie, I think, will bring it forward with George, and we will show you that there is nothing inside the ballot box. Then George Kuo and I will take the box outside to the voting desk, and that is where the voting will
In the order that their nominations were received, let me first invite Lengchheang Hong to give a three-minute speech. He is not here with us today physically, but will be joining us from Cambodia via Skype. We have tested the link earlier this morning and hopefully we can get him online.
While waiting for him, there are five nominees, and the online election has already proceeded somewhat. The nominees will come online, and hopefully give an introduction of themselves.
Sunny Chendi: He is not on line.
Tan Tin Wee: He is not online, so we will move to the next one. Whenever he comes online, can you give me a nudge or an indication, so we can slot him back and get back to the same order of presentation.
Next up, in accordance to the order the nominations were received, is essentially our ever-present Kenny Huang. May I invite Kenny to come up on stage to give a presentation.
Kenny Huang: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Kenny Huang. I feel honoured to be nominated for the APNIC EC elections. I have been working with the APNIC community for quite a long time. When I was Policy SIG Chair, about 115 policy proposals were managed and
implemented; 25 of them would eventually become APNIC policy, which covered the majority of APNIC policy framework.
I was also Address Council member of ICANN ASO. Three global policies were implemented and ratified by ICANN board directors during my tenure as an ICANN ASO Address Council member and representative for the Asia Pacific region.
I also worked for the IDN, international domain name, for quite some time and called for RFC3743, which is considered as a very critical implemental element of the modern Internet.
The Internet is a very rapidly changing environment. Although APNIC is heading to its 20-year anniversary very soon, in Xian, there are still a lot of challenges in front of us, including IPv6 adoption and APNIC sustainability, infrastructure stability, Internet governance, things like; still a lot of issues we need to face.
Having been in the community for quite some time, I can see the value of our community. I accept the nomination and I am willing to commit myself to the community. So I would like to express my gratitude for your support and giving me the opportunity to serve the community again. Thank you very much.
Tan Tin Wee: Thank you very much, Mr Kenny Huang. Next up, I would like to invite Mr Gaurab Raj Upadhaya to come up to the podium to give his introduction.
Gaurab Raj Upadhaya: Thank you, Mr Election Chair, Tan Tin Wee. Hello everyone. Good morning. I am Gaurab Raj Upadhaya. A lot of you know me; some of you might not. I have been the APNIC EC member for the last two years, and I have been renominated for the position once again. I have been nominated again and I have accepted it.
I have served for two years on the APNIC EC, only for two years, but I have been part of this community for a long time, almost 10 years. I have probably been to all the meetings in the last 10-plus years.
Being on the EC gives me a different perspective on how things are done. It's more business-like in looking after the health and continuity of APNIC, and also looking after the needs of the members. Our members are changing all the time, especially now, when we have run out of v4 addresses and are trying to deploy v6, but not getting that done fast enough, which means there will be issues and things to look at. Not having enough v4 also means that APNIC has to look at how it can continue serving its existing members and users, alongside a lot
of new members who are joining in under the last /8 policy.
I think, having served the community and worked with the community for almost 10 years, I should be able to have an input in the whole process.
I am always there, so vote for me. Thank you very much.
Tan Tin Wee: Thank you very much, Gaurab.
Could I request somebody, Connie or George, to email Lengchheang, in case he is waiting for us and is not linking up with us.
Next up is James Spenceley. I would like to invite him to come to the podium to say a few words.
James Spenceley: Hello. For those of you who don't know me, my name is James Spenceley. I have been on the APNIC EC now for four years, so I'm up for re-election.
I have been the treasurer for three years of the EC, where I have put a fair bit of effort and work into making sure that APNIC as an organization has had a strong financial footing, and I think you will see some of those results in the treasurer's report today.
I am very passionate about APNIC. I have been involved in the community now for almost 13 years, proposing policies, being active in debates and
certainly a very active member of the community. So it would be my pleasure to continue on serving the APNIC community via the EC, and I hope that I can count on your support for that. Thank you very much. Cheers.
Tan Tin Wee: Thank you very much, James.
Next up is Zhao Wei. I would like to invite her to come up to the podium to say a few words.
Wei Zhao: Thank you, Chair. I am Zhao Wei, and some of you know me as Wendy.
I am currently with CNNIC as Deputy Director of the OM Department and my responsibility is IP services, some external projects, external cooperation projects, and innovations.
I have been involved with the APNIC community since day 1 of the job and I have the honour to be part of the transformation of APNIC and its services and it will keep up.
There are three motivations for me to stand up for a new term of EC election. The first one is I deal with the members' requirements and needs on a daily basis, so I have a good understanding of what they need, even post the v4 address.
The second thing is some of the national projects I have been involved in require the deeper level of
cooperation and support from APNIC, which will not only benefit the local community but also will help to increase the image and service of APNIC.
The third, but not the last, I have been in the EC position for the past two years. Even at the beginning, I don't really have a very good understanding, as an EC member, of the functions, mission and the vision of the position, but after two years of being witness and help from my colleagues, I do have a better understanding, and that will help me to serve a better term for the next two years.
I hope I can get support from you and I promise I will do my best to serve this position. Thank you very much.
Tan Tin Wee: Thank you, Wei Zhao.
Is Lengchheang coming on board? No? Unreachable. I apologize on behalf of Lengchheang for not being able to give you an introduction, but I understand that he is from Cambodia.
Without further ado, we have no choice but to proceed to the next stage.
Before that, I would like to thank all the nominees who have turned up for their introductory speeches.
We will now move on to the next stage. I ask George
to come up from the back, to bring the election ballot box for me to show to everyone that it is indeed empty.
We just found out from a Skype chat that Lengchheang Hong is approaching the location where he will link up with us by Skype. Just to be fair to everyone, I really believe that everyone should have an equal chance to give a presentation to the audience and the electorate. He says he will be there in 5 to 10 minutes.
May I ask the Chair of the APNIC Executive Council for permission to allow that few minutes, because, after all, we started a little bit late and perhaps he may have his reasons, so being present already at the time when he was supposed to be here to give his presentation, and then now, because of the delays that we had, to route back again.
I hope that it is okay with you, Mr Chairman.
Maemura Akinori: Thank you very much, Dr Tan.
Now I think you have a really clear idea for how the election is being handled, so please never fail to fulfil your right to cast a ballot or do the voting. Thanks very much for that.
Tan Tin Wee: Mr Chairman, may I have the permission from you to extend this meeting by another few moments? It's to wait for Mr Lengchheang Hong to step up to Skype.
Maemura Akinori: Okay.
Tan Tin Wee: While they are conferring, I would like to thank Mark Kosters from ARIN and Emilio Madaio from RIPE NCC for kindly offering themselves to be election scrutineers. They are there somewhere. Thank you.
Chairman, is it okay?
Mr Chairman, we can continue? He's online now.
Lengchheang Hong: Hello, I am very sorry that I am a bit late because of a personal issue. So is there the chance that I can give a short speech? Hello?
Maemura Akinori: Sorry, we can see you very clearly. Please, make a speech in front of the APNIC members.
Lengchheang Hong: Good morning, all. Wow. Amazing. Many of the members are here, but I'm a bit late.
Tan Tin Wee: Lengchheang, I'm the Chairman of the election. Could you please proceed with your introduction of yourself? Thank you.
Lengchheang Hong: Okay. Very good morning, everybody, and hello from Cambodia, the great wonder of kingdom.
Today I am very sorry that I'm a bit late about my nomination short speech. So today I have a great honour to talk to you on Skype and giving a short speech from me. Most of you might find me new, a stranger, who I am, where I come from.
Currently I am working for NTT Communications Cambodia, but I am talking on behalf of my point
My full name is Hong Lengchheang. I think that I am very young, but I have a commitment and strong view to want to work for the Internet Community, like APNIC, so that I can support and develop a lot of things in order to improve my knowledge and help my country, Cambodia.
I do wish to get support from all of you, and I will do my best to fulfill my job if I were selected.
That's all about me.
Tan Tin Wee: Thank you very much, Mr Hong. We will say goodbye to you right now, and you can follow the transcripts online and the webcast. Thank very much, goodbye.
Lengchheang Hong: Goodbye.
Tan Tin Wee: Thank you to all the nominees, once again, for your speeches.
I will move on to the next stage, which is the opening of the ballot box that is just next to me here. I verify that there is nothing inside. I will seal it now and George and I will take it to the voting desk, just outside these doors, outside this Conference Hall.
I would like to declare the election open. The ballot box kept outside will be supervised by the various election tellers.
I will check again.
Maemura Akinori: I think I should move on. Thank you very much, Tin Wee, for your service. I clearly understood the voting procedure.
I should mention that voting is now open, so anyone with a ballot paper, you can vote any time until -- when was that? 2.00 pm? 3.15 pm. I'm sorry about that. I am very relaxed. I'm not renewing.
Let's move on to the other agenda for the APNIC Member Meeting.
We usually have the APNIC Secretariat reports, so I will ask Paul Wilson to start the Secretariat reports with the Vision Mission Revisited.
Paul Wilson: Thanks again, Akinori. I'm going to start the Secretariat reporting today, which is a normal part of our annual routine here at the Member Meeting, to inform you all about what APNIC has been up to, what the Secretariat has been up to over the last year.
What we are discussing today corresponds to what you will find in the APNIC annual report, which I believe is also being published today in an online form only, but printable for those of you who would like to use up some paper.
APNIC operations are now, these days, directed by an Operations Director, Sanjaya. He will follow me with
all of those details. Until then, I have a few things that I would like to mention about APNIC's vision and mission and the ecosystem that we operate in.
I am not only the DG of APNIC but in that capacity I am also a member of the Executive Council. So I have been working with the Executive Council on numerous things, many things, including the strategy, also the mission and vision of the organization.
I was inspired at some point last year by a speech that I saw about organizations with a mission, organizations that are able to explain not only what they do and how they do it, but also why they do it. The contention of the speaker was that any organization which really has a purpose and can express the purpose clearly tends to be a more successful organization. That goes for nonprofits, for profits and others.
At APNIC, I think we are pretty good at knowing what to do; we have been operating for the best part of 20 years. We know what we're doing and we know how we do it. The point is: why do we do it? We kind of know why we do it as well, I think, but maybe what we can do a little more is explain the "why" and make sure that the reasons we do the work we do are in the forefront, primarily coming before the "what" and the "how". What I am talking about here is vision, mission and values.
The what we do is our mission; the why we do it is our vision; and the how we do it corresponds to our values.
The reason to have a vision, why do we ask why? A vision is important to give the organization a sort of character, to allow APNIC to be better understood, particularly in the wider community. I think it helps us to be predictable. It helps us to have a coherent mission. It helps us to have supporters, when people really understand why we are here; not just what we do and how we do it, but why.
We don't actually have to go further than the by-laws. It's the original founding document for APNIC. It really tells us pretty much everything we need to know. It's quite detailed. It tells us that we are involved with allocating and registering Internet resources and it tells us why. It tells us that we are assisting the community in developing procedures and mechanisms, standards -- policies, effectively -- to efficiently allocate resources. It tells us that we are engaged in providing educational opportunities, also developing public policies and positions in the best interests of the members and the wider community.
All of this is in the by-laws. It is pretty simple. We are the RIR for the Asia Pacific. We facilitate
policy development and provide education and training and develop public policies and positions. All of this is in the context of serving the membership through the by-laws and also, around the members, a broader community.
This really gives us a pretty clear statement of APNIC's mission and we have rearticulated the mission in the series of dot points here. You have heard it before: we are functioning at the Regional Internet Registry, we are providing registry service to the highest possible standards, and we have key words here of trust, neutrality and accuracy as the driving principles behind our registry services.
We are providing information, training and supporting services to assist the community in building the Internet. We are supporting critical Internet infrastructure, where it is needed, in creating and managing a robust environment for the Internet in the region.
We are providing leadership and advocacy in support of that vision and of the community more broadly. We are facilitating regional Internet development, where that is needed throughout the community.
That is a new statement of APNIC's mission. It goes back to the by-laws, it is fairly familiar to all of
you, I hope.
Here is the "why" behind it, and this has taken a little bit of thought. When you think about the reasons we do the work we do, even down to the nitty-gritty of the discussions we have within the community in the policy forums, we are really talking about the stability, the security, the openness and the globality, if you like, of the public Internet; and, in the case of Asia Pacific, we are of course serving this region and this community.
That is our vision as we have restated it just recently: a global, open, stable and secure Internet that serves the entire Asia Pacific community.
That is an exercise, I think we have done that for now and for the time being, but you can expect to see these words more often in APNIC reporting and presentations, and particularly if you look at the presentations we are doing outside the community, publicly, particularly in that wider sphere of government and Internet governance, then this mission and vision is going to be in the forefront of our explanations of what APNIC is all about.
There is one more thing that has come from this kind of work happening at the Secretariat and with the EC. Again, it is about communication. It is about defining
ourselves and being able to explain ourselves in different ways and more meaningful ways. What we have is a new graphic that illustrates APNIC's position in the Internet ecosystem. It looks like this. This also will appear in the annual report that is being published. It is intended to show where we are in the context of the wider Internet.
On the top left-hand side you see at the centre of that circle are the Internet users. We see that those users are surrounded by and served by providers -- content, access and applications providers. You might see that kind of provider bubble subdivided into infrastructure and connectivity and cloud services, distribution, context management, all sorts of things, but we think a simple view of content, access and applications is sufficient there.
Outside of that central core of the Internet users and the services that they use are a whole group of enabling structures and organizations that don't generally directly serve the users but they help to enable the Internet service provision environment that the users are enjoying. That includes governments and regulators, industry associations, nongovernment organizations of various kinds -- the civil society kind of stakeholder groupings -- operator groups, standards
bodies, name registries and, finally, number registries.
The grey circle in the bottom right-hand of the purple circle represents number registries, and that is expanded out to show where APNIC sits as one of five Regional Internet Registries.
We have taken APNIC and divided our service portfolio, I suppose, into three segments. The first and most specific segment is the membership. So we provide service to APNIC members primarily. We know what those services are -- resource distribution and registration services; really, the core RIR services that are our key responsibility.
More broadly than the members are a larger group of stakeholders in the region. In the region, we are involved in capacity building and infrastructure support. Capacity building is a word that you hear quite often in the governance field. It's talking about human capacity, about training and workshops and conferences and fellowships and so forth.
That is our focus. That is a regional focus for APNIC. Included in that circle, the bottom right blue circle, is policy development. We regard that as a set of services and activities which involve not just the membership certainly, but the wider community. It is specific to the Asia Pacific because we have other RIRs
in other parts of the world that cover their regions.
The biggest circle is more the global complete Internet Community. We are collaborating across the Internet Community in quite a number of different ways -- in research, research collaboration and publications, the sort of events we are involved with or that we operate in the Internet governance area and Internet security as well.
We have a sort of subtitle at the top right, which says, "APNIC -- Addressing the Internet in the Asia Pacific". It is supposed to have a double meaning, of course, involving the word "addressing". That is another set of explanations, another illustration that you are going to see more often and that we will be using more often.
If anyone has any feedback, any questions or observations about this or about anything I have just been describing, please help out and give us your thoughts, whether now or at any time in the future.
That is all I wanted to present to you right now, as a sort of preamble to the much more detailed reporting that Sanjaya will be leading just shortly. Thanks very much. As I say, I'm very happy to discuss, answer questions at any time. Thank you.
Maemura Akinori: Thank you, Paul.
We should go to the next report.
I am sorry, I must correct what I said about the election. That was very bad. I had a very great ignorance on that.
Please note -- let me correct that: the voting will be closed at 2.00 pm. You should submit any objection or dispute by 2.15, a quarter past 2 o'clock, in a written form, to the Election Chair.
I did say something wrong, something different from that, but now I am correcting it.
Voting is being closed at 2.00 pm, and objections and disputes must be submitted by 2.15. So please note that and please do your voting by 2.00 pm. Thank you very much. The results will be presented to you by 3.15.
Thank you very much for that. Again, I offer my apology for that wrong information, and I have just corrected that.
I would like to invite Sanjaya, as our senior director for operational services, to deliver his report to you.
Sanjaya: Thank you, Chair.
Continuing from Paul's talk earlier, I am going to group my presentation based on the three stakeholder
groupings that APNIC has. So I will start first with the APNIC members services and then our support for the Asia Pacific region, and the last will be our collaboration with the Internet Community.
Serving members: I will go through quickly our statistics, resources statistics, last year, membership growth and special projects that we have.
IPv4, as you know, we are on our last /8, so we are probably more in the IPv4 transfer area right now. These are our IPv4 address transfer services. I presented this yesterday as well. We support intra and inter-RIR transfers, pre-approval service with opt-in listing. We have four registered brokers. We have a mailing list. We have a very transparent public transfer log and we have implemented transfer fees.
The inter-RIR experience: last year we processed four from ARIN to APNIC, but as of today we have an additional two. So four were happening last year and then two happened in January. The transfer time, including the evaluation time, is about one to two weeks, so it is quite streamlined.
We have also successfully transferred a live network without downtime, so that is really good I think. Both ARIN and APNIC processed it in a way that we don't disrupt the live network when transferring.
Also, please note that ARIN and APNIC have an overlap in their stats file for at least one day, maximum 24 hours, because of the time zone difference and the difference in processing the statistics file. We can't get around that problem, so you just have to accept that as probably just a one-day overlap of the resource being transferred, to be listed in both APNIC's and ARIN's stats files.
This is the number of transactions that have happened since we implemented the transfers in 2010, the transfer policy. Just focusing on 2012, on the right side of the chart, you can see definitely that there has been an increase. Since ARIN announced their inter-RIR transfers availability in August, I think, or July, then we have started seeing the first inter-RIR transfer happening in October last year, one of them, followed by three in December.
Market transfer size: we have got really no pattern here. It is quite random. Some big blocks being transferred in late 2011, and then during the year of 2012, really the size is small, both within APNIC as well as inter-RIR.
On the last /8 delegation itself, there is a slight increased trend in 2012, but not significant. These are basically given to new account holders, and whoever
existing holders that haven't got their last /8.
The consumption of our last /8 then is pretty constant. If I try to project the consumption on a linear graph, then we will probably consume 103 /8 around April 2013. So we have plenty of time.
IPv6 delegations, in terms of number of delegations, continues to increase. So that's definitely a good trend there. As you can see from the NRO report two days ago, about slightly more than 40 per cent of current APNIC members already claimed their IPv6. We still need to work on that.
ASN delegations: I am now splitting the graph into two counts. One is the number of 2-byte ASN that we know is running out globally, and the 4-byte ASN. As you can see, the 4-byte ASN, which is the yellow bar, is growing faster than the blue bar. So we hope that in time we will distribute definitely more 4-byte than 2-byte.
Membership growth has been really strong. I think, naturally, the membership has always grown quite fast, but I think the last /8 has had an impact on new members joining, because particularly ISPs, who are still accepting corporate members and they cannot give IPv4 addresses, would refer their new customers to APNIC to get their independent IPv4 address.
We are also seeing a positive sign for new members joining, just to get IPv6. These are governments. Some of the banks are actually doing that. They join up just to get IPv6. We are seeing a few of this happening, which is a good sign.
On the projects front, we are working on the alternative Whois protocol. This is a very exciting development that is a collaboration between the name people and the numbering people. So this will be an improvement to Whois, which its primary feature is the support for IDN. So this is very relevant to our region.
We have made a prototype available. Feel free to visit the URL I show you there, but please understand that the response you get is a json format, so it is not for human consumption, but at least you can see what kind of output you can expect from this technology. This kind of technology allows web developers to easily consume our data and integrate it with their own applications, so this is a very good technology for integrating data in the Internet.
RPKI continued to be a focus last year. The RFC documents are now published. We are working with ICANN and the other RIRs towards a working global system that interoperates well.
We introduced the general purpose signer in APNIC 34 in Cambodia. By the end of 2012, we will allow the public to run their own RPKI system that interoperates with APNIC.
Service delivery improvements: APNIC 2012 survey has been completed, so we have got now the material to then plan our operational activities, to make sure that we are doing what the members are telling us to do.
We have improved our business systems. Last year we installed a new ERP. So our reporting, automation, work flow and audit trail is much more advanced now with the new ERP system.
On the technical infrastructure front, we are continuously working on improving the availability and reliability of our equipment, so now almost all servers are virtualised, so it's very easy for us to just tear down and create new instances of servers, in case of downtime.
We have also last year moved our datacentre to a location that is better in terms of flood risks and power issues, and simplified the whole network at the same time.
On the human resource, which is quite a big focus for us, because we do want to hire and maintain the best staff to serve you all, so we implement a competency
management framework that allows us to find people that really fit what we need. We have gone social for finding talent throughout this region.
Moving on to the second circle, about our support to the Asia Pacific region, this is mostly capacity building, of course.
First off is policies. We implemented prop-102, sparse allocation for IPv6 resource allocation, that was implemented in August last year. Prop-99 was withdrawn by the author; prop-98 is abandoned; reached consensus at APNIC 34 is prop-101, removing multihoming requirement for IPv6 portable assignments; and prop-104, clarifying demonstrated needs requirement in IPv4 transfer policy. Prop-104 is basically a standard planning window for two years, so basically allowing people who still need IPv4 to give APNIC their requirement for two years and then we approve it for transfer purposes, if they need.
Withdrawn by author at APNIC 34 is prop-103, the final IP address policy. I won't go into detail as probably this will be reported by the Policy SIG Chair later on.
Training: we continue to focus on IPv6 development, a very comprehensive face-to-face and eLearning sessions, workshop, basically hands-on. We really want
to show people how to implement IPv6 in a hands-on manner.
ELearnings are one-hour modules delivered fortnightly in three different time zones. They are free. A new schedule for 2012 has been set up, so this will continue as our focus in 2013.
On the face-to-face, again focus on hands-on, so extensive hands-on exercises. We built a remote training lab to enable participants to build and configure networks. Basically it's based on virtual routers that Philip Smith and his team have designed.
Training.apnic.net has also been revamped, so we now have a new website, which is very easy for you to find courses, schedules, training material on the website. Please feel free to have a look at our new training.apnic.net website.
Training delivered in 2012 is much more than in 2011. 73 courses face-to-face in 33 locations in 25 economies, with 2,347 participants. IPv6 training and eLearning, as you can see from the slide.
IPv6 in the community, this is what has been handled by Miwa Fujii, our IPv6 program manager. Definitely a focus in all of our conferences. IPv6 tends to be the most popular session in our conferences, so we keep on doing that. Last year, APIPv6 Task Force is now a
standard feature in our Conference as well. We continue our IPv6 participation in local events, such as in China, Cambodia and Viet Nam.ISIF: this is our primary grants program. It has now last year joined with the similar activities in LACNIC and AFRINIC, so it is now called the Seed Alliance. We have also secured additional funding, thanks to the Swedish Government, the Sida. We got $1.5 million funding additional that we can distribute this year.
Last year we launched four new categories of funding. The first one is innovation on access provision; then innovation on learning and localization; code for the common good, so these are more technical; and also rights, which is more on the social side of the grant scope. Please visit www.isif.asia for more information on this very important grants program managed by APNIC.
APRICOT and APNIC conferences last year continued to be very well participated by people. 573 in New Delhi, India; 237 in APNIC in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. As I said, we put focus more on IPv6 content in that.
Last year was the first time where the APNIC stand-alone meeting in Cambodia also included a workshop week prior to the Conference, so basically you can
expect that twice a year APNIC Conference will contain hands-on workshops that you can send your engineers and your managers to it.
Upcoming conferences: APNIC 36, Xi'an, China on 20 to 30 August, which again will have a workshop week and also the Conference as well. Please budget and schedule your time to attend.
APNIC 37 will be run with APRICOT 2014 in Bangkok, you saw in the closing APRICOT yesterday.
APNIC 38 is now waiting for proposals. As announced by Philip yesterday, APNIC 39 will be run in conjunction with APRICOT 2015, and that will be in Fukuoka, Japan.
Root server deployment: new I-Root in Ulaanbaatar last year, and there are heaps of upgrades with it for our F-Root instances. We need to upgrade it to particularly the high traffic areas, like in Chennai, Hong Kong and Seoul, and also for smaller instances we trial a small node in Dhaka.
The last circle is collaborating with the global/regional Internet Community. There are two aspects, one on the technical side, which is led by Geoff Huston and George Michaelson, and there's the Internet Governance aspect that is handled by Pablo, and Paul usually is involved there. I will start with the technical side of it.
Geoff and George Michaelson have been really busy. As you know, we have launched an IPv6 measurement that is now becoming a reference point globally to really look at how many eyeballs are actually using IPv6. It's a very accurate measurement that they have devised.
Late last year they started on DNSSEC measurement, measuring the extent of DNSSEC use and the level of use of DNS validation across resolvers and end clients in the Internet. That got reported during this Conference as well. Very good work by the dynamic duo.
On the Internet Governance and more policy engagement in the region, we attended 36 cities in 20 economies in different conferences, such as the NOGs, the OPM meetings, governmental, IGF meetings, ICT, industry meetings. We have been really active, going out there and engaging people in local events.
Of course, we remember that last year, in October, was the WCIT, so APNIC sent a team there to be involved, and ensure that the multistakeholder approach in the Internet development is continuing.
I guess the APNIC position overall in WCIT is that while the ISP works very well in telephony, it would be very difficult to translate that concept into the Internet. So please visit www.apnic.net/wcit.
Internet Governance Forum, we sent a team to the IGF
held in Baku in November. Paul Wilson, since last year, has been participating on the IGF MAG, and we are also doubling our commitment in terms of funding to IGF as part of the NRO.
APEC-Tel also is something that APNIC has been following since 2009. There was a meeting in St Petersburg in August 2012. Axel from RIPE and Paul Wilson have been given a chance to share their opinions about the status of IPv6 deployment in TELMIN 9. That is a very good collective for us to engage with the government in the APEC area.
We managed to get all the APEC Ministers to provide continuous support in deploying IPv6 across the region.
OECD is a new front, I think, that we hit since last year. Primarily Geoff, our Chief Scientist, is supporting the ongoing work of the OECD on the IPv6 adoption challenges. He is now working on a document to explore the effects of NAT, I think NAT44, in prolonging the life of IPv4, commissioned by this organization.
Lastly, the NRO, where the five RIRs collaborate on many different aspects. Last year, we worked together on resource certification, continuing the global statistics and report publication together, engagement in the Internet Governance, and of course working on global policy development. Last year we finally got the
global policy proposal for post-exhaustion IPv4 allocation mechanism by IANA ratified.
Last year, APNIC served as the NRO Secretariat in 2012. This year it will be AFRINIC; we have done a transition plan. While we did it last year, we provided ICANN ASO support and managed the board selection process and also supported the NRO in the engagement at global IGF, the three ICANN meetings that we participated and the ITU Conference, which is WCIT and WTSA.
Thank you for your time. I return to the Chair.
Maemura Akinori: Thank you, Sanjaya.
If you have any questions or comments, please come up to the microphone. Thank you.
Brajesh Jain (NIXI, ISPAI): Good morning. I just wanted to understand the process of APNIC Secretariat participation in events like WCIT, APEC and OECD. What is the process they get a sense of the community? Thank you.
Sanjaya: We maintain a list of global Internet events that we monitor, and whenever we feel that our expertise is needed then we would offer that to the event and see if they would be interested in hearing our input on the process that they are discussing. We will send the most appropriate staff to the event, to make sure that we are
covering the expertise that is needed for those particular events.
Brajesh Jain (NIXI, ISPAI): Actually, I meant, what is, for example, in the WCIT, APNIC took the view -- what is the basis of taking whatever view APNIC representatives took into the WCIT? I meant that, actually.
Sanjaya: I will leave it to Paul.
Paul Wilson: That is a very good question. Thank you.
We have, as Sanjaya mentioned, a planned approach to the engagements that we have at an event, at both an organizational and an event level. Part of that process is a question about the messages that we might take and where those messages come from.
You are talking about the larger question of what is the position behind the messages. This is something that, in the case of the ITU meetings, is discussed in detail with the APNIC EC, is discussed in detail with other RIRs for the consistency of the message, which is important in a global event like that. So this is actually -- particularly in the case of ITU, these are engagements that have been going on for a number of years, so there is a certain refinement process that happens.
In general, if you look at the record of those events, you will see positions which are expressed by
either the NRO or APNIC which are submitted in public responses, responses to the consultation processes that happen, and anything that is submitted in that way will always go to the NRO website, in the case of an NRO contribution, or to the APNIC website, in the case of an announcement that we have made.
I want to assure you that in the case of the fundamental positions that we take, they are quite widely consulted within and across the APNIC EC, and I believe they are quite well announced and advertised, advised to the membership as the time goes on over the years of these processes.
You might also note that the APNIC stakeholder survey, which was done last year, also contained questions about positions and priorities of various issues, including Internet Governance related issues. Does that help?
Brajesh Jain (NIXI, ISPAI): Thank you.
Sanjaya: Just to add, the WCIT position was developed almost for the whole year. We actually had a WCIT session in India, if you remember, in APRICOT 2012 in New Delhi. So we actually consulted widely for that.
This is in line, of course, with one of the APNIC missions that Paul's slides showed earlier, in the area of advocacy. We are always looking for an opportunity
to provide our expertise to the global Internet. Thank you.
Maemura Akinori: Any other questions or comments? Any comments from the stage? No.
If not, we are approaching to the morning tea time. It is around 10.30. Let's take a break and please be back here at 11.00. You have 30 minutes to have a coffee, consult with the other guys. Thank you very much.