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Re: What Worked - What Didn't
From: Strata Rose Chalup <strata () virtual net>
Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2001 12:48:32 -0700

Yes, very.  The #coverage channel on slashnet had folks watching/listening
to various conventional media, as well as monitoring international news
sites, and posting updates and links via moderators.  A tremendous amount
of info came in that way, and usually scooped any individual media station.

I'd guess that setting up an IRC net for nanog-type operational traffic
would be very helpful.  Equally helpful would be gatewaying that net
via packet radio on amateur frequencies.  "Commercial" traffic is
prohibited, but in a disaster this kind of thing would be equivalent
to health-and-welfare traffic.  

In fact, now that I recall, SANS was asking for amateur radio
operators to send in contact info in June or July.  They were talking
about putting together a non-internet communications network to be
used in case of serious virus/DoS/etc slams on the net.  It doesn't
take a rocket scientist to see that they're thinking InfoWar type
scenarios.  I don't know if the project was abandoned or if it got
complexified into something more formal and thus slowed down.  We
never heard back from them. 

Ham Radio Operators?
The threat to critical Internet resources from distributed denial of
service attack tools continues to increase. An effective emergency
communications network may be of great value if damage is done to both the
Internet and to phone systems. SANS is looking for ham and packet radio
operators who are willing to take a leadership role to help establish and
maintain an emergency communication channel.  If you are qualified and
interested please send an email telling us about your ham radio and
computer security activities. Send it to info () sans org with Emergency
Communications Network in the subject line.

It would be worth bringing back FidoNet or similar in parallel
with packet radio networks.  A lot of packet radio is BBS-based,
and doesn't necessarily network between BBS's.  I'm pretty new to
packet, so go check out some of the packet links on http://www.tapr.org/
(Tucson Amateur Packet Radio), one of the best sites on the net
for packet stuff.  These folks have been real pioneers in it. 

If folks are interested in discussing this (packet nanog for emergencies,
and/or irc comm net ditto) more, I'd be happy to host or set up a mailing 
list for it.


PS- And whether it was officially sanctioned or not, hats off to whoever put
CNN's close-caption feed onto IRC as well.  Low-bandwidth news w/o the
talking heads.

Miles Fidelman wrote:

On Mon, 17 Sep 2001, Daniel Golding wrote:

1) The Internet, as currently constituted makes a lousy news propagation
method, for large audiences. The one to many model in unicast IP puts too
large of a load on the source. Good multicast (which we don't have yet) may

one comment on this: email-based news seemed to work VERY well - both very
focused news (such as operational material on nanog), and more general
news (I found CNNs "breaking news" email list to be very informative - in
fact, I first heard about the initial airliner crash via that list)


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