Friday, June 3, 2011

Celebrating The 'World IPv6 Day'

The World IPv6 Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 . As a major activity in the celebration, Google, Facebook, and Yahoo will be among the major Internet companies that will offer their content over IPv6 for a 24-hour “Test Flight”. The goal of the World IPv6 Day is to motivate organizations across the industry to prepare their services for IPv6 to ensure a successful transition as IPv4 addresses run out. Internet service providers (ISPs), computer hardware makers, operating system vendors and web companies are the entities that need to adopt IPv6 as early as possible. The World IPv6 Day will be a 24-hour event from 0000 (8:00AM Philippine Time) to 2359 UTC (11:59PM Philippine Time). Participating websites will be operating over IPv6 for 24 hours on June 8, 2011.

Internet users will not need to do anything different on World IPv6 Day. Web service companies, ISPs and OS manufacturers will be updating their systems to ensure Internet users enjoy uninterrupted service. In rare cases, users may still experience connectivity issues when visiting participating websites. Users can visit an IPv6 test site to check if their connectivity will be impacted. If the test indicates a problem, they can disable IPv6 or ask their ISPs to help fix the problem.

Incidentally, it is National ICT Month in the Philippines this June 2011 and the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) is organizing a press conference for the World IPv6 Day with the theme “Philippine Government on Next Generation Internet (PH GovING)” on 08 June 2011, 8:30 am at the CICT Audio Visual Room, in cooperation with the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), the IPv6 Forum Philippines and the Internet Society Philippine Chapter.

The event at CICT will include briefing on the Executive Order 893 – “Promoting the Deployment and Use of IPv6” and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR), updates on government initiatives and showcase of IPv6-enabled government websites. As a member of the Inter-Agency Technical Working Group on IPv6, I-Cafe Pilipinas is invited attend the event.

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