On Friday, October 9, LACTLD’s Anycast Cloud received the FRIDA Award for “Internet Stability and Security” by LACNIC. Luis Arancibia Medina, President of LACTLD, attended the award ceremony that took place during LACNIC34 – LACNOG2020. This online event brought together more than 1,200 participants from all over Latin America and the Caribbean. Luis Arancibia participated in a panel featuring the winning projects, including LACTLD’s Cloud Anycast.
“We are very grateful to be presented with this award, it is a gift to our community that has believed in this project. We have many new clients waiting to be admitted and this award means an incentive to produce new operating variables,” he stated.
FRIDA is a program by LACNIC that supports Latin American and Caribbean initiatives that contribute to the consolidation of a global, open, stable and secure Internet. The program’s Internet Stability and Security line of funding supports projects that stand out for their capacity to strengthen Internet operation in the region based on four themes: cybersecurity, resilience, interconnection and network operation.
The program’s Selection Committee, comprised of regional experts from different sectors and organizations, recognized LACTLD’s Anycast Cloud as a regional, collaborative and non-profit initiative that strengthens the infrastructure and stability of the DNS in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Carolina Caeiro, Coordinator of Development Projects at LACNIC, said that “one of the points highlighted by the jury was that there are countries that would not have been able to deploy their root servers if it had not been for this initiative”.
In this regard, Luis Arancibia explained that “the fundamental idea of collaboration is to share available infrastructure from the most developed nodes with those that, due to cost or technological infrastructure conditions, cannot access these services. Thanks to this virtuous interaction, we are sending a message that not everything has to be acquired on the market and that collaboration between countries that are more technologically developed and those that are less so is possible”.
The Anycast Cloud project was first presented in 2014 during a LACTLD Technical Workshop by Frederico Neves, Herbert Faleiros and Danillo Roncoleta (NIC.br), and by Hugo Salgado (NIC Chile). In December 2016, within the framework of the IGF in Guadalajara, LACTLD signed an agreement to formalize the project with NIC.br, NIC Chile and LACNIC. Since then, the Anycast Cloud has been growing and adding new participants. Currently, it has 9 nodes located in Latin America, the United States and Europe, and 13 clients from the region.
LACTLD would like to thank the FRIDA program and all the participants of our Anycast Cloud. This initiative is possible because of the contributions of the ccTLDs in the region and the nodes that comprise it. The FRIDA award encourages us to continue working to strengthen the stability and infrastructure of the DNS in Latin America and the Caribbean.