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New Internet (IPv6) Workshop
World Summit of the Information Society (WSIS) - Side Event
9th December 2003, 13:30-16:30

Agenda & Slides


1.   Purpose
This workshop aims to raise awareness on the New Generation Internet protocol version 6 "IPv6". Educate WSIS stakeholders, in particular Governments and civil society, on the new Internet infrastructure and opportunities for non-for-profit and commercial entities. It ensures the concerned authorities start to think about designing and adapting the current environment to a new "regulatory framework" that enables to convert the new possibilities into business opportunities. It also enables WSIS target audience to be informed on IPv6 current status, regional developments and deployments worldwide ("road-map"), and the expected evolution for the next decade. Finally, it raises awareness on benefits and implications for civil society, in network and information security and privacy.

An unprecedented state of alert following recent spates of terrorist incidents has triggered a new determination to make all industry sector and civil society more secure. IPv6 and new technologies will make possible for operators to offer new secure services such as VoIP and "always-on" services. Size the impact of mobile devices usage by residential and business users. Current deployments of wireline broadband access are addressing the need for high-speed residential and business data services, and promote dialogue among stakeholders on implications for developing and emerging economies.

2.   What is WSIS?
WSIS is a United Nations event, led by the International Telecommunications Union. WSIS is a two-phase conference, culminating in a Summit Geneva in 10-12 December 2003 and Tunis in 16-18 November 2005. Stakeholders within the WSIS are Governments, private sector, international organizations, and civil society actors. All these stakeholders are currently contributing to the development of the Declaration of Principles and Plan of Action aiming to be implemented between December 2003 through November 2005.

3.   Background
With more than 600 M users connected to the Internet today and the explosive growth that the Internet has been experiencing in the last few years, the IP addresses space is becoming scarce. With Internet services being introduced in wireless and broadband communications for individuals and entities, expectations for 2005 are that more than 1B users and thousands of new applications will need to be connected to the Internet.

The current Internet protocol, named Internet Protocol version 4 (or IPv4) is showing limitations now. To overcome these limitations, Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) was created and conceived as the successor of IPv4. IPv6 was developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) since 1995 (

Whereas IPv4 makes available about 4 billion Internet addresses, IPv6 is able to handle over 340 trillion, trillion, trillion (or 3.4x10**38) addresses. In addition to solving the addressing problem, IPv6 also remedies to some other IPv4 shortfalls, such as the lack of "always-on" ability, consistent security, automatic configuration capabilities, and inefficient support for mobile nodes. In a nutshell, the benefits can be summarized, as follows: "always-connected" for billions of mobile devices, auto-configuration for ease of use, embedded security a pre-requisite for new applications in mobile banking, and so on. New applications are emerging such as use of Internet in public areas (schools, universities, airports), homes, cars, ships, aircrafts, which require that the involved devices are "always-on", and always reachable, will need a globally unique IP address, thus achievable only with IPv6.

Finally, "IPv4" does not anymore respond to civil society's new requirements.

4.   Target Audience
The target audience for this workshop are delegates from Governments, Non-Governmental organizations (NGOs), Press, private sector (large and SMEs), from developed and developing countries. Several Ministers, Head-of-states and private sector CEOs are already announcing their presence to the December meeting, in order to adopt the WSIS Declaration of Principles and the Plan of Action.

5.   Expectations (2003-2005) - Let be IPv6 Ready!
Support the WSIS process in the efforts to enhance IPv6 awareness, expertise building and consultation activities in the different geographic regions, and in technical and public policy during the 2003-2005 phase. Identify further IPv6 social implications and opportunities. Undertake a feasibility study, in partnership with WSIS stakeholders, on the IPv6 impact for civil society and search for appropriate services for the community to support this evolution towards the new service paradigm: "always connected".

6.   Event Form
Venue                           Geneva Palexpo (Summit Venue)
                                    ch. Edouard-Sarasin
                                    1218 Le Grand-Saconnex
                                    Geneva, Switzerland
Conference Room           Salève
Date                             Tuesday, 9th December 2003 (13:30 -16:30)
Room capacity               300 people (max)
Co-ordinator:                 Rosa Delgado (EC IPv6 TF / ISOC / IPv6 CH TF)
Programme Committee:  Rosa Delgado (EC IPv6 TF / ISOC / IPv6 CH TF)
                                    Christian Larrinaga (ISOC VP Conferences / IPv6 UK TF)
                                    Jordi Palet (EC IPv6 TF / IPv6 ES TF)
                                    Patrick Cocquet (IPv6 FR TF)

7.   Registration
To attend this workshop, and this includes speakers, you need to register
(, unless you are already accredited to the Summit by your company/organization/international organization. Entry fees is 20 SF/day.