RIPE 84 Student Event: Understanding the Internet

Date: Tuesday, 3 May 17:00 – 18:30 (UTC+2/CEST)


  • Bert Hubert
  • Franziska Lichtblau
  • Mirjam Kühne (Moderator)

We invited students to join us for this virtual session understanding how the Internet works with leading experts Bert Hubert, Franziska Lichtblau and Mirjam Kühne. Each speaker shared a bit about how the Internet works, 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, dove into what he means by controlling the Internet, and who he thinks runs it, and what it means to be a network engineer.

Franziska Lichtblau: Measuring the Internet

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How can we better understand the Internet and how it’s actually working?
Franziska Lichtblau spoke about the importance of Internet measurements.

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, introduced 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.

Franziska Lichtblau
Franziska did her PhD in the field of Internet Measurement at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken and at TU Berlin. Her main research focus is on inter-domain traffic measurements, IXPs, security and Internet infrastructure. She has a background as system administrator and is active in the free software community. In 2021 she joined SAP as a cloud architect. She also chairs the Programme Committee for RIPE 84.

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.