RIPE 85 Student Event: Understanding the Internet


  • Bert Hubert
  • Vesna Manojlovic
  • Mirjam Kühne (Moderator)

We invited students to join us for a virtual session to better understand how the Internet works with leading experts
Bert Hubert, Vesna Manojlovic and Mirjam Kühne. Each speaker shared a bit about how different aspects of the Internet work, followed by questions and open discussions.

Bert Hubert: Who controls the Internet?

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“So who controls the Internet? We all have our dreams, our hopes, our heroes on the Internet, but also our favourite enemies of the Internet.”
Bert Hubert, the founder of PowerDNS, will dive into what he means by controlling the Internet, and who he thinks runs it, and what it means to be a network engineer.

Vesna Manojlovic: Equity, Ethics and the Environmental Sustainability of the Internet

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“Thirty years ago, when I first started studying and using computer networks, I believed that “the Internet” was the solution to many of the worlds problems. Mid-way, I started wondering if the Internet is actually part of the problem! Since then, my work has been focused on increasing JEDI in technical communities; making ethical decisions; decreasing the environmental impact.”
Vesna will highlight some of the discussions in the Internet and technical communities on JEDI and sustainability, and of course, wants to hear from you about how you see the future of the Internet!

Mirjam Kühne: Can you run the Internet?

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And finally – how can you participate in running the Internet?
Mirjam Kühne, RIPE Chair, will introduce the RIPE community and its role in running the Internet, and the bottom-up policy development process used, and most importantly – what your role in it could be!


Bert Hubert

Bert Hubert is founder of PowerDNS, an open source name server company. He has worked with the Dutch intelligence agency in the past. He also frequently contributes to other open source projects, either with code, documentation or blog posts, helping open source authors. Over the span of his career, he has written code, managed teams, worked in outreach and recruiting, as well as coaching and development work. You can read Bert’s blogs here.

Vesna Manojlovic

Vesna Manojlovic is a Community Builder at the RIPE NCC. Over her many years at the RIPE NCC, she has worked as a trainer, developing courses on a variety of topcis; led efforts to establish IPv6 RIPEness, and managed the Measurements Community Building team. More recently, she has focused on organising hackathons and increasing diversity. Vesna gives presentations and workshops at many technical conferences, and enjoys visiting hackerspaces. She received a B. Sc. in Computer Science and Informatics from the School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade. She has three children.

Mirjam Kühne

Mirjam is the RIPE Chair and has been a member of the RIPE community for over twenty years. She served as a Senior Community Builder for the RIPE NCC for over a decade. She has a deep knowledge of the Internet community and collaborates regularly with stakeholders from various sectors including technical, security, academic and government. This included establishing and maintaining relationships with regional and local operator communities. Mirjam also created and curated RIPE Labs, a collaborative platform that supports innovative ideas and tools for the community. Prior to this role, Mirjam worked at the Internet Society as Senior Program Manager where she developed and organised technical workshops primarily in developing countries. During those years, Mirjam intensified her involvement with the IETF where she served as the Chair of the IETF Education Team for over ten years. Mirjam obtained a Masters of Computer Science at the Technical University Berlin, Germany.