Welcome to .CA Labs. This should be fun.

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CA has a vested interest in educating Canadians about what goes on behind the scenes in some of the most important infrastructure in your life. 

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At .CA we know the technology that makes the Internet work.  We monitor threats to Internet and domain security; we develop products to mitigate them. We keep our eye on threats to current and future Internet infrastructure in Canada; we continually look for ways to advocate for accessible, robust, resilient and secure Internet in Canada.

There’s a lot going on behind the scenes at .CA and in the Internet industry beyond. We needed a platform to start the conversation with Canadians.  .CA Labs is it.

In the coming weeks and months, you can expect to hear from a diverse set of voices in our organization. We’ll analyze the causes and solutions to DDoS attacks. We’ll get a conversation going about where Canada sits in terms of IPv6 readiness and domain name security, where Canada’s falling behind, and what we can do to get ourselves ready for the future Internet. We want to talk about the potential for DNSSEC application to personal emails and what technology can do to help maintain the  privacy of communications on the Internet.

We want to examine the expansion of Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) in Canada and the value of peering. Our recently launched Internet Performance Test in partnership with M-Labs has generated significant discussion of urban-rural and north-south discrepancies in Internet speed and quality. .CA Labs will help us keep the conversation going.

As the chief technology officer at CIRA, I have a mandate to demystify the workings of the Internet. I want to scrap the notion of the Internet as a nebulous cloud.  Let’s get a discussion going that makes the Internet, the network-of-networks, unambiguous.

.CA has a vested interest in educating Canadians about what goes on behind the scenes in some of the most important infrastructure in your life. And believe me, there’s a lot going on every, single day.

When your Internet is under attack, we respond. When there are opportunities to contribute to creating Canadian Internet infrastructure that is resilient, robust and secure, we’re at the table. With .CA Labs, you can be sitting right there with us. This should be fun. 

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