I got asked to write a blog for the ITP's Techblog.
You can read it on their site, of course (and I encourage this!), but I'm also reproducing it here for posterity (call it a backup copy, hah!).
Been a while since I wrote anything for external publication. I apologise in advance :)
NZNOG 2017 - working together for a better internet
Mark Foster, Guest post. 31 January 2017, 7:20 am
The New Zealand Network Operators Group has been holding a conference annually for the last 15 years, and the 2017 edition was held last week at the Trinity Wharf Hotel in Tauranga.
The NZNOG was, like many similar groups, originally established as a mailing list to enable collaboration and coordination between the operators of internet networks across New Zealand, and was the forum through which many of the peering relationships - that is, the links between various ISPs and network operators that today carry the vast majority of domestic internet traffic - were established. The mailing list itself continues to act as a forum for discussing issues of mutual interest, but the annual NZNOG conference is also a big drawcard. It remains one of the few community-led technical conferences in New Zealand, with a reputation for delivering high-grade technical content. Just as valuable. though, is the other kind of networking - the social kind. The network operations community in New Zealand is small, and this is their annual opportunity to establish and build on those all-important inter-personal relationships that help our data move from A to B without drama.