RIPE 88 Student Event: What Keeps the Internet Working?

Date: Tuesday, 7 May 17:00 – 18:30 (UTC+2/CEST)

Used by billions, the Internet is now everywhere. From its early days as an academic research project in the 1960s to becoming a commercial network in the 1990s, today, life without it is unthinkable.

Yet the Internet is full of paradoxes – no one owns it and it operates as a large cooperative project across borders. So how do we actually keep it running? And what happens when things go wrong on the Internet?

When various Internet incidents occur, we rely on extensive collections of Internet data to give us insights into what happened and where. Timely information can even be used to prevent these incidents from taking down a massive part of the Internet.

If you’re interested in learning more about how the data is collected and stored, how it’s being used for network monitoring and why it is so important for basic functioning of the Internet – tune in to hear from people running such projects and those who use them to understand Internet connectivity.

Join us for a chance to hear from our speakers, all of whom have contributed to the apparently seamless operation of the Internet for many years.

Ahead of RIPE 88, Mirjam Kühne (RIPE Chair), will talk about how you can benefit from connecting with the networking community, and how to make the most out of RIPE Meetings, one of the longest running events for network operators.

Although primarily targeted at undergraduate students, this event is open to everyone. We will also set aside a limited number of free student tickets for the RIPE 88 meeting in Krakow (May 20 – 24). Tickets will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis.




Ben Cartwright-Cox

Ben Cartwright-Cox

Ben is a Systems Engineer in the day and bad-ideas-blogger on the side.
After building a WAF, helping operate a large CDN, and rejigging a Bank’s payment gateways, Ben is currently focused on making day-to-day BGP operations less awful with


Valerie Aurora

Valerie Aurora

Valerie Aurora has been writing open source software since 1998. She worked for Red Hat, IBM, and Intel, co-founded and led a non-profit for women in open source, and works as an independent software engineer and corporate trainer. She is a member of the RIPE program committee. She moved from San Francisco to Amsterdam in 2023 and in her spare time writes silly TCP/IP games and watches Dutch reality TV.


Mirjam Kühne

Mirjam Kühne

Mirjam is the RIPE Chair and has been a member of the RIPE community for over twenty years. Over the span of her career, she has served as a Senior Community Builder for various Internet organisations. She has a deep knowledge of the Internet community and regularly collaborates with stakeholders from various sectors, including technical, security, academic and government. Mirjam obtained a Master of Computer Science degree at the Technical University Berlin, Germany.


Qasim Lone

Qasim Lone

Qasim works as a Specialist Research Engineer in the R&D department at RIPE NCC. He is interested in internet measurements, internet outages, data analysis, and cybersecurity. Prior to joining RIPE NCC, Qasim defended his Ph.D. in cyber-security at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), The Netherlands.


Jelena Cosic

Jelena Ćosić

Jelena works as a Community Builder for the RIPE NCC, with a special focus on South Eastern Europe. As part of her role, Jelena works on supporting local communities and engaging various stakeholders, including RIPE NCC members, governmental agencies, academic institutions and civil society organisations. Another aspect of her work is the collaboration with the academic community, through the RACI programme and other institutional partnerships.