What is Internet.nl?
Internet.nl helps you as a user to check whether your internet is up to date. Do your internet connection, e-mail and website use modern internet standards? And if they don't, what can you do about it?
What are "internet standards"?
So that the Internet can send data around the world, we need international agreements on how computers talk to one another — the digital "plugs and sockets" that link everything together.
These agreements are called internet standards or internet protocols. Most of these standards are managed by the IETF, an international organisation that is open to anyone who wants to join in the discussion on how new standards should be set.
Why is it important to be "up to date"?
The original internet standards go back to the 1970s and 1980s, when the Internet had only a few hundred users and was mostly used by universities to share scientific information.
Today the Internet has more than three billion users worldwide, and carries many sensitive documents and high-value commercial transactions. The original internet technologies no longer provide the security and scalability we need.
The good news is that we have modern versions of the standards that remedy these shortcomings. The bad news is that the original, outdated standards are still widely used.
The old standards are a risk to individual internet users, who may be vulnerable to internet fraud, or simply find that their internet connections don't work properly. They are also a risk to "The Netherlands, Inc." After Schiphol Airport and the Port of Rotterdam, our digital infrastructure is the "third mainport" in the Netherlands. A secure, reliable Internet is vital to the future of the Dutch economy.
Who is behind Internet.nl?
Internet.nl is an initiative of the Internet Standards Platform. By stimulating the use of modern internet standards, the Platform members aim to make the Internet more reliable for everyone. The organisations participating in the Internet Standards Platform are:
- Dutch Hosting Provider Association (DHPA)
- Standardisation Forum
- Internet Society international
- Internet Society Netherlands
- Ministry of Economic Affairs
- National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)
- RIPE NCC
NLnet Labs is responsible for the technical implementation of the Internet.nl portal.
What does the Internet Standards Platform offer?
- self testing through Internet.nl
- measurement of the actual use in the Netherlands
- education and the exchange of knowledge, including an annual seminar
- connecting stakeholders.