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DNS Privacy and Route-Aggregation Research Awarded 2015 ANRP; 2016 Nominations Open

The latest recipients of the Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) for 2015 are Haya Shulman and João Luís Sobrinho. Shulman won her award for analyzing the deficiencies of different approaches to DNS privacy. You can read the full paper at

Sobrinho and his co-authors won their award for designing a route-aggregation technique that allows filtering while respecting routing policies. You can read the full paper at

Shulman and Sobrinho have been invited to present their findings to the Internet Research Task Force open meeting during IETF 93 in July in Prague, Czech Republic. Remote participation details and the exact timing of their presentations will be available at in due course.

For the 2015 award period of the ANRP, 33 eligible nominations were received. Each submission was reviewed by 3-5 members of the selection committee according to a diverse set of criteria, including scientific excellence and substance, timeliness, relevance, and potential impact on the Internet. Based on this review, five submissions will be awarded prizes in 2015. The first ANRP award for 2015 was given to Aaron Gember-Jacobson.

Nominations for the 2016 ANRP awards is now open. Nominations can be submitted until 31 October 2015 via the ANRP submission site. You can also read more about the awards and how to nominate.

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Final 2014 Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) Winners Announced – 2015 Nominations Open Now!

As we rapidly approach the last Internet Engineering Task Force meeting for the year, it’s time to announce the final winners of the Applied Networking Research Prize for 2014.

The ANRP awards for IETF 91 go to:

Sharon, Tobias and Misbah have been invited to present their findings in the Internet Research Task Force open meeting during IETF 91 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, on November 11th. Remote participation details will be available at

The call for nominations for the 2015 ANRP award cycle remains open until October 31st. Submit your nominations via the submission site or by email to to support great networking research getting the recognition it deserves!

Development Growing the Internet

Tackling the Digital Divide – Researching & Collaborating to Bring Everyone Online

The challenges we must overcome to bring the world’s offline population online should not be underestimated. A recent McKinsey report [“Offline and falling behind: Barriers to Internet adoption”] finds that, “More than 60 percent of the world’s population remains offline. Without removing crucial deterrents to Internet adoption, little will change—and more than 4 billion people may be left behind.”

To address some of these challenges, the networking research community are coalescing around a new research group in the Internet Research Task Force with the cute acronym GAIA — Global Access to the Internet for All. After its initial kickoff meeting at IETF 89 in London, the group is now hotly debating a charter for its work at present and the latest draft is available from its webpage. In addition to identifying challenges, building common understanding, raising awareness and fostering collaboration, the group have set themselves the ambitious goal of identifying ways to achieve a ten-fold reduction in Internet access costs especially in geographies and populations with low penetration.

Although still in formation, the group already have a couple of workshops planned, the first of which is later this month in Cambridge, England. On 20-21 October, the 2nd GAIA Meeting will focus on bringing together the research community, industry, and policy makers to discuss a 3-5 year research agenda. Discussions will focus on the challenges to GAIA as well as the different projects and deployments taking place and planned.

The Internet Society is proud to provide support for this workshop.

Arjuna Sathiaseelan, writing recently in the IETF Journal said, “The Internet has crossed new frontiers — access has gotten both faster and relatively cheaper, with novel applications and services being offered every day. As a result, today’s Internet represents a critical infrastructure enabling remote health care, education, employment, e-governance, digital economy, social networks, and more. As such, Internet access should be universal in terms of availability and ability to contribute to the wider community, thereby enabling true digital inclusion to all.” [“Researching Global Access to the Internet for All (GAIA)”, the IETF Journal, July 2014].

The second planned event is the 3rd GAIA Meeting, which will be co-located with the ACM DEV 5 conference on 4 December 2014. DEV 5 will be held at the Hilton San Jose hotel in San Jose, California.

If you have some research results or project plans to share or you’d just like to get involved in the discussion, the mailing list for GAIA is always open!