The 20th IEEE INFOCOM Global Internet Symposium took place in Atlanta, USA, on the 1st of May 2017, in conjunction with IEEE INFOCOM 2017.

There were 25 papers submitted to the symposium, from authors from 17 different countries.
Nine papers were accepted resulting in an acceptance ratio of 36%. This acceptance ratio is in line compared to previous years and relatively low compared to some other INFOCOM workshops, making GI a competitive symposium. Each paper received reviews from at least three TPC members. There were 22 internationally well-known TPC members, so the review load was not excessive. During a very active online TPC meeting, the TPC members converged quickly to a set of strong papers to accept.

As in previous years, GI 2017 was a full-day event. We began with the keynote presentation by professor Bruce Maggs from Duke University, USA, who is also vice president of research for Akamai.  We had also the pleasure to present the ITC Early Career Award to Stefan Schmid.   The accepted papers were organized into three technical sessions. We concluded the day with a panel discussion on “”hot topics and heresy”.  The panel was moderated by Radia Perlman, and consisted Suresh Krishnan, Geoff Huston, and Bruce Maggs. The audience participated very actively in the discussions as well, and overall this panel was one of the highlights of the workshop.

Overall, we are happy with this year’s GI symposium and believe it was a success, both in terms of quality as well as high attendance: despite the concurrent INFOCOM events, we continuously had more than 30 attendees. All technical papers were presented by the authors in person. There was also a good amount of discussion both during the sessions and in the session breaks.
We thank the steering committee of GI 2017, especially Stefano Secci, for their guidance as well as the excellent technical program committee, distinguished keynote speaker, and the panelist.

[Report submitted by Radia Perlman and Olaf Maennel, Co-Chairs GI 2017]