[arin-announce] Call for Community Consultation – Changes to ARIN RSS Feed

Member Services info at arin.net
Tue Oct 6 16:25:49 EDT 2009

ARIN is seeking community input about potential changes to the RSS feed 
that provides a daily report of address space returned to and issued by 
ARIN. ARIN wants to ensure the data in this RSS feed is provided in the 
manner most useful to the community.

To understand the data currently provided in this RSS feed, it is 
important to define the terminology used to describe the different ways 
number resources are recovered by ARIN. Revoked address space is space 
that ARIN takes back from a registrant for non-payment of registration 
fees. Reclaimed address space is space that ARIN takes back in response 
to confirmed fraudulent activity by the registrant or someone else (i.e. 
hijacking), OR because ARIN has found that the address space is not 
being used by the original registrant (out of business) and there is no 
evidence that the business was acquired or merged. Returned address 
space is space that is voluntarily returned to ARIN by the registrant 
because it is no longer in use and/or needed.

Each time that ARIN recovers an address block (regardless of the 
recovery method) it is placed into hold status for one year to allow 
adequate time to clear filters. Currently, this RSS feed is a daily 
e-mail update listing the recovered address space (without attribution 
to the recovery method) that has been released from hold status and is 
available for re-issue to a new customer. The RSS feed also lists all 
address space issued by ARIN that day.

Recently, there has been discussion by the community about:

1. Adding additional data to the RSS feed, including listing the address 
space recovered and put into hold status each day

2. Enhancing the current RSS feed format and associated report that goes 
out over a distribution only e-mail list using a XML format.

Please note that there may be some controversy associated with adding 
address space to the RSS feed on the day it is recovered by ARIN. Some 
individuals have expressed concern that advertising the date when space 
is recovered would give a heads up to the “bad actors” and make the 
space a target for abuse.

ARIN welcomes your feedback on each of these topics and will use your 
input to determine our course of action.

The current process for subscribing to the RSS feed and additional 
information about it can be found at:


ARIN is seeking comments regarding this proposed change through the ARIN 
Consultation and Suggestion Process, available at:

Please submit your comments to the arin-consult at arin.net. You can 
subscribe to the arin-consult mailing list at:

Discussion on arin-consult at arin.net will close on 6 November 2009 at 
noon EDT.

We welcome community-wide participation. Please address any process 
questions to info at arin.net.


Member Services
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)

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