Corona and Internet Traffic

Published: Thursday, May 21st 2020
Tags: thoughts internet

Having worked from home these past two months, it all of a sudden dawned on me that I should perhaps check whether Internet traffic had indeed increased now with Corona and everything, when rumors have it that all people do in their spare time these days is binge-watching Netflix.

I headed over to Netnod’s website, the company running the biggest Internet Exchange points in Sweden, to have a look at their traffic graphs. This is their two-year aggregate graph as of today for their POPs:

Two-year aggregate

It does indeed look as if April 2020 reaches some sort of peak. Perhaps that’s due to the average growth of traffic on these POPs, perhaps it’s Corona. I don’t know. But if my vision is anything to go by, it looks as if the April 2019 average was about 1.6 TBit/s and the April 2020 average is somewhere around 2.0 TBit/s. If that’s true, that’s a year-over-year increase of 25%. Perhaps people indeed are on Zoom and Netflix a bit more this April.

The Rejected Sale of PIR

Published: Tuesday, May 19th 2020
Tags: thoughts society internet

Apparently founded only last year, a private equity fund called Ethos Capital with just a single page website as their only online presence, last year offered to purchase Public Interest Registry, or PIR, the registry for the .ORG domain, from Internet Society (ISOC) for the neat sum of US $1.1 billion.

Ethos would have made a leveraged buyout and financed some of the sale by loading up PIR with US$ 360 million in debt. The sale would obviously expanded the coffers of ISOC, an organization with annual revenues around US$ 50 million, so ISOC roundly accepted the offer.

I rarely see things as black and white, but to me this proposed sale was definitely in the gray area. It felt a bit dirty for ISOC to sell off the registry that is the caretaker of the 10.3 million .ORG domains for the world’s non-profits, non-commercials, and charitable organizations to some LBO boys on a PE fund.

Apparently a lot of people and organizations thought the same. EFF and NTEN’s open letter to ISOC, PIR, and ICANN to reject the sale was endorsed by more than 27,000 people and roughly 900 organizations. Even California’s Attorney General urged ICANN to reject the sale.

On April 30th, ICANN officially rejected the deal - and my inbox was instantly filled with happy cheers from various organizations I follow. The question now, however, is how ISOC and PIR will move forward. In recent blog posts from both of them, it’s now back to normal. EFF on the other hand makes the assessment that ISOC has made it clear it no longer wants the responsibility of being the steward of PIR, so even though the dust has now settled a bit, it will be interesting to see what comes out of this process.

I’m myself a very inactive member of ISOC-SE, the Swedish Chapter of ISOC. I’m pretty sure ISOC-SE has only been in the fringes of this process, if that, but I have a few distant friends within ISOC-SE who are substantially more active, so I’m quite curious what thoughts they have on these developments. I’ll make sure to ask.

TĂ€nk Om 🇾đŸ‡Ș

Published: Tuesday, May 12th 2020
Tags: thoughts society

Under parollen TÀnk om bjuder Miljöpartiet denna vecka in till att lite extra fundera över vilket samhÀlle vi vill ha och bygga. Jag tycker det blir ett ganska bra tillfÀlle att kort berÀtta om nÄgra anledningar till varför jag sjÀlv blev medlem i Miljöpartiet för inte sÄ lÀnge sedan och numera sitter som nybliven styrelseledamot för Miljöpartiet VÀsterÄs.

Det finns i huvudsak tvÄ aspekter kring varför jag valt att engagera mig i Miljöpartiet. Den ena Àr högst konkret och praktisk, den andra Àr högst ideologisk.

Det konkreta, praktiska och sakpolitiska Àr att Miljöpartiet helt enkelt hamnat högst upp pÄ listan nÀr jag svarat pÄ de senaste valkompasserna för bÄde EU-val och riksdagsval som SVT och mÄnga tidningar publicerar.

Det mer ideologiska Àr framför allt de tre s.k. solidariteterna som genomsyrar den gröna rörelsen och Miljöpartiet. Det Àr dessa pelare som ligger till grund för den politik som partiet för. Dessa Àr:

  1. Solidaritet med djur, natur och det ekologiska systemet.

  2. Solidaritet med kommande generationer.

  3. Solidaritet med vÀrldens alla mÀnniskor.

SjÀlvklart finns det olika Äsikter om saker och ting Àven inom den gröna rörelsen, men med sÄdana inkluderande vÀrderingar som grund för allt vi gör kÀnns Miljöpartiet och den gröna rörelsen som en vÀldigt viktig motvikt till en allt mer polariserad vi-och-dom-vÀrld som tycks fÄ större och större fÀste dessa dagar.

Var med och gör skillnad du med - bli medlem hÀr.

The Love of Nature

Published: Monday, May 4th 2020
Tags: thoughts nature

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Sweden has (as of yet) been one of just a handful of nations that have not enforced any major lockdown measures. Regardless of what you might think about that, my hope is that if there are any positive outcomes of this pandemic, then one might be that the population of this country could have come to rediscover the beauty of the nature around them.

Swedes have long been known for their love of nature, but social distancing recommendations really seem to have turned local trails and landmarks into weekend destinations of choice for most everyone. Never before have our family been out and about as much in our free time, and never before have we met so many others doing the same (at a reasonable distance, of course).

Having this opportunity while others are confined to their homes for weeks, one really comes to appreciate the small things we’ve always taken for granted.

Hello World

Published: Thursday, April 30th 2020
Tags: thoughts

Hello and welcome to my part of the web. This the last in a steady stream of reboots of this blog, but this time, as always, I intend to not stop publishing after just a handful of posts.

In order to keep that promise I’ve decided to accept that my posts will never reach literary excellence, that it’s OK to mix posts in both English and Swedish and that it’s OK to write about any topic I find interesing at the moment (which tend to change on a daily basis).

Even though it’s probably easier to find a steady readership by sticking to a narrow set of subjects, I just have to realize that I’m a generalist in every sense of the word.

And with that, I end this very first post. If you read this far, thank you!