[afripv6-discuss] What have you done for IPv6 lately, since the 1st of January, 2013?

Andrew Alston alston.networks at gmail.com
Tue Feb 19 17:30:27 SAST 2013

Another thought has occurred to me, and I count myself as guilty of what I'm
about to say as everyone else.

A lot of the time us v6 proponents talk about the benefits, the need, the
criticality of going v6.  None of these things can be disputed.  But are we
open and honest and transparent enough about the challenges?  Keep in mind,
if we're to convince people to go v6, we have to give them a feeling of
security in their decisions, and I truly believe that if people feel they
are only being shown one aspect of it (the positive), and the negatives
aren't being addressed adequately, this will NOT create that sense of
security in them.  People need a holistic picture and need to understand all
they are getting into when they go down this road, so that they know when
issues DO appear, they have places to go to get them addressed, and that
they aren't the only ones thinking about these things.

We as the community need to start talking positives and negatives, start
talking about the security risks and how to address them in v6 land and not
pretend they don't exist , start talking openly and honestly about the
technologies that are missing that people are going to discover as they walk
the v6 path, only then can the ISP's start putting pressure on vendors and
others to actually create the necessary tech.  Let's stop presenting an
idealistic picture, and present a realistic one instead, and *DEAL* with the
challenges rather than pretending they don't exist and scaring the hell
outta people who find these things out on their own.

Just my thoughts.


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