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INET London 2010

On Wednesday 29th September 2010, the Internet Society and its local English Chapter jointly organised a full-day conference entitled:

The Internet revolution: Opportunities, threats and challenges to your business - ignore it at your peril!

This was hosted by TV Broadcaster and futurologist James Bellini and took place at the Park Lane Hotel in Piccadilly.

The range of subjects addressed by the excellent panellists included, but were not limited to the Challenges and Opportunities facingUK businesses, the Health of the Internet, what conditions were needed to ensure future growth of the Internet, and a complete afternoon debating security issues.

The full agenda can be found on the event's ISOC Main Web Site page.

About 170 participants attended, and lunch was an opportunity for everyone present to expand their network. The message conveyed was that we should have more of this, more often, and that the UK Internet community needed to continue to explain the challenges facing the business community in business terms.

The Internet Society presented a set of short videos detailing Future Internet scenarios. The theme of these videos was "What will the Internet look like in 10 years?"

The scenarios, entitled "Common Pool", "Boutique Networks", "Moats and Drawbridges", and "Porous Garden" each offer a different view of the possible future of the Internet. Only the "Common Pool" scenario is actually desirable from a user's point of view - and it is clear that this is the only scenario which will continue stimulating innovation and supporting growth for industries.

The scenarios can be watched on the Internet Society's Web site.

The day also allowed for a brief presentation of results obtained using the ISOC England IPv6 Matrix crawler, a project partially funded by the Internet Society's Community Grants programme.
The deck of slides used in this presentation can be downloaded from here. It contains a snapshot of IPv6 content provision in Europe and in Asia in September 2010.

Some feedback about the day:

"Marvellous day. Very instructive";
"this is the most significant conference I have been to in the past years. it's certainly a lot better than any other because the panellists here actually know what they are talking about";
"Thank you to you all, for making the event and day so worthwhile";
"Will there be an INET in London next year? I can't wait".

Some pictures of the day:

audience photo
A captivated audience


first expert panel
Left to right: Matthew Ford (ISOC), James Bellini (Host), Jon McNerney (ISOC), Frédéric Donck (ISOC), Cherine Chalaby (Keynote Speaker)


expert panel 2
Left to Right: William Higham (Intellect UK), Matthew Ford (ISOC), Mark Gracey (Thus Ltd), James Bellini (Host), William Dutton (OII), Jim Killock (Open Rights Group)


expert panel 3
Left to Right: Bertrand Lahoud (PayPal), Susan Daley (Symantech UK&I), Andrew McClelland (IMRG), Piotr Cofta (BT), David Smith (ICO), Georgina Prodhan (Reuters)


ISOC European Chapters dinner

As a preamble to the Internet Society European Chapters meeting taking place on the 30th September in London, Chapter Delegates exchanged ideas at the European Chapters dinner taking place on the previous evening.

A few pictures:

chapter dinner photo 1
Left to Right: Gérard Dantec (ISOC France), Frédéric Taes (ISOC Wallonie), Frédéric Donck (ISOC), Mrs. Taes, Patrick Vande Walle (ISOC Luxembourg)

chapter dinner photo 2
Left to Right: Sabrina Wilmot (ISOC), Ilda Simao (ISOC), Peter Housle (Mariner Management & Marketing LLC), Anne Lord (ISOC)



Past Events

Two ISOC-E events took place in London in September 2008.


One Web Day 2008

22nd September 2008 / The Royal Exchange. We all celebrated OneWebDay together, a day to celebrate the Internet and to reflect on what it meant to all of us.

The idea behind OneWebDay is to:

  • focus attention on a key Internet value (this year, online participation in democracy)
  • focus attention on local Internet concerns (connectivity, censorship, individual skills)
  • create a global constituency that cares about protecting and defending the Internet

A small group of people met at the Royal Exchange's Courtyard Bar and conversations ranged from IPv6 deployment to Domain Names, ICANN, and of course, ISOC-E's future plans. We had the chance of having Dr. Peter Kirstein among us, one of the fathers of the Internet in the UK, and he shared some of his wisdom with everybody.

Some participants at OneWebDay 2008
Celebrating One Web Day. Left to right: Ram Mohan, Tricia Drakes, Desiree Miloshevic, Mark Reece, Peter Kirstein, Rex Wickham, Alan Barnett.


The group dispersed at around 21:00 after having shared several bottles of wine and many Internet stories from years gone by.
For those people that did not find us: our most sincere apologies. We did advise the (unhelpful) staff of our gathering and post a "One Web Day" shirt in evidence on one of the chairs - next time we'll make sure at least one contact number is sent to participants in case they can't find the location.

Breakfast at the Gherkin

25 September 2008 / 30 St. Mary Axe. This small event was hosted by Tricia Drakes in a building which has been described as one of "the most ingenious skyscrapers in the world for at least 30 years".

We had the chance of having Dr. Vint Cerf, one of the fathers of the Internet, Chief Internet Evangelist at Google, speaking to us about IPv6 deployment and its effects on security, the next generation Internet, as well as Bit Rot - the problems we are likely to face in the future when our data is incompatible with next generation software. The presentation was particularly interesting in that it touched on technological aspects that resounded specifically with the banking & financial industry present in the City.

The breakfast reached a close in the late morning by a visit of the Gherkin's stunning top floor.

Picture of breakfast meeting attendees
Breakfast at the Gherkin. Tricia Drakes introduces Vint Cerf before a relaxed audience.

Future Events

We are currently planning future meetings, both in London and at other locations around the UK. If you wish to suggest a location, please email us (address below). With membership spanning all of the UK, it would be great to organise a meeting close to where you live.


Please e-mail us on contact@isoc-e.org



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