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February 2020 INEX Meeting

Location: Online via Zoom

INEX will be holding an online meeting on Thursday, 25th February at 15:30 (Irish time and UTC) and we look forward to seeing many of our members and friends then. Register here.

The meeting will include an update from Eileen Gallagher on INEX and the work we have been undertaking in recent months, Nick Hilliard provide an operations update and Barry O’Donovan will give a quick update on IXP Manager developments.

Also on the schedule is an update from the INEX board on the Governance work they have been undertaking for INEX. We expect this part of the meeting to be around one hour in length.

As always at INEX, we are keen to celebrate the people that make the community work and in this meeting, we are delighted to take you on a live show and tell tour to see two lockdown related projects in real life in a meeting section we have called:

Unattended Network Engineers in Lockdown

We will be joined by Martin Möllhoff the Director of Seismic Networks at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. Martin and the team have been using seismic sensors during the Covid-19 pandemic to track the level of vibrations caused by human activity, giving an insight to the volume of people out and about during various stages of lockdown. Raspberry Pi is at the core of the seismic citizen stations with an increasing number of RaspberryShake sensors popping up around Ireland since the beginning of the pandemic. Martin will give some insight to how their network works, the type of data they gather and a live show of what the real-time information looks like.

Aiming to recreate some of his Antarctic experience on the Atlantic coast of Ireland in winter, Danny McFadden has created a man cave in the uninsulated environment of his Pi infested attic (loft) in the wilds of Co Donegal. Surrounded by numerous Raspberry Pi and antennas instead of seals and penguins, Danny has found a place where his lockdown haircut is in style and where home schooling simply can’t happen (H&S reasons). Danny has been playing with Raspberry Pi and in his live show and tell (from the uninsulated attic), he is going to talk through the aircraft and maritime tracking he has developed and he will also give an insight to the secure home automation work he has done with Pi and his latest small scale 433Mhz transmitters and receivers to intercept some dumb devices.

The talk by Denis Nolan has been postponed to another meeting.


Online: Resiliency in a Pandemic – Coping with the Stress of Covid-19

Location: Online

For many of INEX’s members and industry colleagues around the world, the worry around Coronavirus related illness for them and their family is compounded by the increased focus and urgency on the internet services and products they enable in their work life but also concerns around their business and employees. We were keen to provide some insight and guidance on this and are delighted to bring Dr Tim Green, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, as a guest to INEX.

Please feel free to invite any industry colleagues to this meeting from 4:45pm (15:45 UTC) for Dr Green’s talk.

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Dr Tim Green, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Resiliency in a Pandemic - Coping with the Stress of Covid-19

In his talk created for INEX, Dr Green will give an insight to the chemistry and mechanics of how stress works, in negative and positive ways, and how living through this pandemic may be impacting individuals in obvious and subtle ways.

He will present some ideas and tools on how this stress can best be managed and how this period of enforced 'pause and re-boot' could lead to unexpected personal development.

Biog: A Chartered Consultant Clinical and Neuro-Psychologist, Dr Green holds the posts of Honorary Lecturer and Researcher in the Psychology Department at Kings College London and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurosciences in London, where he teaches and supervises trainee Psychologists, Medics and colleagues from other disciplines.

He has a particular interest in the area of stress and how to control it and has previously authored a suite of courses about workplace-stress – the signs, the effects, the ways to manage it, the good things as well as the bad that can flow from it. His expertise extends from the treatment of anxiety disorder and depression, work-place bullying right through to working with torture and abuse victims who have suffered severe trauma.

A native of Belfast, he now lives and works in London where he has held the posts of Head of Psychology and Psychological Therapies for The Dene and Pelham Woods hospitals and was Head of Psychological and Talking Therapies in Forensic Services of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

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CANCELLED – March 2020 Meeting

Location: IAA

The INEX meeting scheduled to take place on March 19th 2020 has been cancelled due to the outbreak of Covid-19. 

The decision was taken following extensive consideration and review of both the current situation with Covid-19 infections on the island of Ireland and how the situation may deteriorate further in the coming days.

It is obviously very regrettable but done with an abundance of caution and concern for the well-being of the INEX community, speakers and the team. In addition to this main concern, some speakers and delegates had advised us that their employers had cancelled all travel and they would now not be able to attend in person. Combined, it became clear that cancelling the meeting was the only appropriate decision.

We are currently investigating possible approaches to gathering the community online, in a meaningful way, and will announce plans for this.

Our sincere thanks to those who had agreed to speak and attend the meeting on the 19th – we are sorry that we will not get to see you all, in person, this time.


Susan Forney, Hurricane Electric
IPv6 Adoption over Internet Exchanges
Job Snijders, internet architect at NTT
RPKI Developments
Barry O'Donovan, INEX operations
Real Life Networking Uses for RIPE Atlas
Thomas Weible - Co-Founder and CTO of Flexoptix
The complexity of hyper speed transceivers - lets make it
Nick Hilliard, INEX CTO
2020 Technical Activity at INEX and Ops Update
INEX Board
Update on INEX Board activity


Location: Camden Court Hotel

An EGM of INEX has been declared to take place on Thursday, 30th January 2020 at 14:00hrs in the Camden Court Hotel on Camden Street in Dublin 2.

There will be a single resolution at the EGM which is the following:

‘An election shall be held on Thursday 30th January, 2020 at 14:00 in the Camden Court Hotel, Dublin 2 to fill the eight (8) open board positions’

There are 12 nominations for the 8 board positions, so a ballot will be held on the day.  As per the INEX Articles of Association and as per previous elections, counting will be PR-STV (Gregory Method).

Details on submitting proxy votes has been issued to the INEX Members’ mailing list and can also be obtained by emailing secretary @ inex.ie  Proxy votes are required to be received by the Secretary by 14:00hrs on Tuesday, 28th January 2020. 

The biographies and motivations of candidates for election can be located here.


INEX December 2019

Location: Irish Aviation Authority Conference Centre


The INEX December Meeting will take place in the Lecture Theatre of the Irish Aviation Authority Building on D’Olier Street in Dublin 2.

The meeting will run from 12:30 until 5pm and will be followed by a social event in conjunction with our meeting sponsors, Interxion, in the Temple Bar Hotel on Fleet Street in Dublin 2 (about a five minute walk away from the IAA).

Please share details of this meeting with colleagues in your organisation who may be interested to attend.

If you are not an INEX member but are in the internet networking industry then do please feel free to join us.



Veronika McKillop, IPv6 Network Architect Microsoft and President of UK IPv6 Council
Microsoft IT ongoing journey to IPv6-only

Veronika previously gave an insight to the work that had been undertaken to kick-start the IPv6 only programme at Microsoft. In this presentation, Veronika will give an update on how the programme has continued, the work undertaken and results achieved.

Veronika McKillop
Michele Neylon, co-founder and CEO of Blacknight
Undertaking a Human Rights Assessment at Blacknight

Blacknight undertook a Human Rights Assessment of their business and in this talk, Michele will give an insight to why they undertook it, how it worked and what he sees as the outcomes and benefits to their business.

Ili Ko, Research Engineer, Lightnet and PhD Candidate
DDoS - Impact, trends, protection and possible mitigation for ISPs

Distributed Denial of Dervice (DDoS) attacks pose a considerable security threat across different industries including financial, retail, technology, governments, military etc. Network security experts at A10 Networks, Akamai, and Radware confirmed in recent interviews that many organisations are looking for effective DDoS attack protection and mitigation services. According to the research of MarketsandMarkets, the DDoS protection and mitigation market is expected to grow from $2.4 billion in 2019 to $4.7 billion by 2024, which represents a compound annual growth rate of 14%. Increased demand for DDoS protection and mitigation has led to more research and development of systems to detect and mitigate the security threats. However, most existing systems provide inefficient solutions either by utilising auxiliary servers at the host site, on the cloud or at data scrubbing centres. Since Internet Service Providers (ISPs) connect the internet with users, the DDoS mitigation system should be deployed within the ISP domain to deliver a more efficient solution. This talk will cover DDoS attack impact, trends, and protection and possible mitigation solutions within the ISP domain.

Biog: Ili Ko has been working at INEX Member, Lightnet, for the past three years as a research engineer and is also undertaking related PhD research at NUI Galway. She graduated from St. Edwards’s University in the USA, with a primary degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in business management. She also holds an MSc degree in Software Engineering from NUI Galway. Her research is focused on network security utilising machine learning approaches.

Brian Nisbet, Service Operations Manager, HEAnet
A Dragon has Destroyed the Datacenter

Humans do two things very well; we play games and we tell stories. Indeed, DR/BCP exercises combine both as we roleplay our way through a scenario.
Similarly, tabletop Roleplaying games (RPGs). such as Dungeons & Dragons, are all about presenting a scenario to a group of players and seeing how they react. Millions of people play these games every year and this has produced extensive critical analysis and large amounts of material on how to keep players engaged.
There are many useful tips and tricks from these games that can be applied to DR/BCP tests, albeit they tend to have fewer dragons and to involve more conventional monsters like power loss, DDoS or floods. Hopefully some of these will not only keep those involved more interested, but can also highlight and exploit some more novel ways of reacting to events.

INEX September 2019

Location: Explorium


The INEX meeting will be held on Thursday, 26th September 2019 in Explorium, the national sports and science centre in Sandyford, Dublin. Registration will open at 12:30pm with the presentations beginning at 1pm.

An INEX EGM has been announced and will commence at 2:30pm in the Lecture Theatre. Full details on this EGM has been issued to the INEX Members’ list.

The meeting will be held in Explorium’s purpose-built lecture theatre and will be followed by the Explorium challenge (from 5pm) where everyone can text their scientific thinking and sports strength against various science and sports challenges. Explorium is a large new venue that opened a few months back and features a number of excellent G-force, VR, physical and sports challenges. The Lightning room contains Ireland’s First Tesla Coil, invented by Serbian inventor, Nikola Tesla. This Tesla coil generates high frequency, high voltage electricity, and huge electromagnetic fields that make the show possible. A Faraday cage will ensure we do not risk the welfare of the internet community!

We are very appreciative of the enthusiasm and support of ESB Telecoms and the team there in sponsoring this meeting and event.

The INEX Meeting and Explorium Challenge event will be followed by food and drinks in Sandyford House (2KM) away. We will be arranging transport from Explorium to Sandyford House for those that have not driven. Sandyford House is walking distance to the Luas (Tram) stop for those returning to the city centre.

Travel and Accommodation local to the meeting and social venue

While it’s a break from our typical city centre meetings, being outside the M50 (just), Explorium is located close to the Sandyford Luas Line and we will be arranging transport from there, if required. There is a lot of free, on-site parking available as well. When you register, please advise whether  you are likely to require transport from the Luas stop. We will confirm this with everyone closer to the time.

Explorium is off the M50 (exit 14) for those travelling to the event by car. Some hotels local to the meeting and social event are:

Irish Management Institute Residence / Dundrum Hotel      Currently €95 for night of 26th September (1.5Km from social venue)

The Beacon Hotel    Currently €146 per night for 26th September (1.5Km from the social venue)

Clayton Hotel Leopardstown     Currently €131 per night for 26th September (1.7Km from the social venue)


For those travelling from abroad, please feel free to contact Eileen to talk about accommodation options and travel from the airport.





Orla McGann, INEX Chairperson and Colin Dalton, INEX CEO
Introducing the new INEX CEO
Patrik Fältström, Technical Director and Head of Security, Netnod
Are modern dis-information campaigns related to the need for robustness? Absolutely!

The last 10-20 years, the strategies antagonists use for taking control over the target have changed. The change started in the military tactics and doctrines, but can today be seen when looking at cyber. Protection against such modern antagonists is not easy. Falling back to traditional mechanisms we all know and love is of course the easiest. Patrik will both explain how he believes modern antagonists think and plan their work and how traditional planning of robustness, redundancy and diversity are good protection mechanisms to also modern cyber warfare.

Tom Strickx, Network Engineer, Cloudflare
Anatomy of a Route Leak

A deep dive into the June 24th route leak.

Biog: At Cloudflare, Tom does both day-to-day operations as well as reducing toil and improving reliability through extensive automation and development.

Maria Farrell, internet policy writer and speaker
‘Resistance to the present’, how to dream up and build tech futures we actually want to live in

From the pointless computation of phone-farming and blockchain to the sheer waste of human potential when quantum physicists chuck it all in to go and write financial algorithms, we use vast amounts of natural and human resources to amuse ourselves to death. What is stopping us from using technology to tackle humanity’s real issues - climate crisis, inequality and the movement of peoples? And what do we need to change to start dreaming and building a future we actively choose to live in? Maria Farrell will use puppies and feminism to show that a dystopic future of surveillance capitalism is far from inevitable.

Biog: Maria is an independent writer and speaker. She has worked in tech policy for twenty years, including at The World Bank, ICANN, the International Chamber of Commerce, Paris, the Confederation of British Industry and The Law Society of England and Wales.

A graduate of University College Dublin, the Dublin Institute of Technology and the London School of Economics, Maria teaches politics and policy on Oxford University’s doctoral programme in cyber security. She is also completing a PhD in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths University, London, and uses her fiction skills to write near-future science fiction stories for clients who want to know how the future will feel.

Maria has written for The Guardian, Slate, Medium, the Irish Times and Irish Independent, and appeared as a tech expert on BBC, Sky News, NBC and TRT. Twitter: @mariafarrell


Pádraig Lyons, Future Networks Development, ESB Networks
The Power of Electricity

Electricity powers the internet industry, Pádraig is going to give an insight to how that power is created, distributed and managed. He will also give an insight to the work that is entailed when things go wrong to get the network fully operational again.

Biog: Pádraig Lyons joined ESB Networks in September 2016 is a Senior Specialist at ESB Networks in innovation and strategy. He previously held the position of Newcastle Science City Lecturer in Power Systems at the School of Engineering at Newcastle University, UK as well as a number of other roles in industry and academia across the UK and Ireland.

He received his BE degree in electrical and electronic engineering and an MEngSc degree in electrical engineering from University College Cork, Cork, Ireland in 1999 and 2002 respectively. He received his PhD degree from Durham University, Durham, UK in 2010. Pádraig is the author of over 30 conference and journal articles and is a chartered engineer with Engineers Ireland.

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