[arin-discuss] ARIN Election SPAM

Matt Connor matt at strasmore.com
Wed Oct 10 21:17:06 EDT 2018

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On Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 6:14 PM John Curran <jcurran at arin.net> wrote:

> On 10 Oct 2018, at 5:33 PM, Clayton Zekelman <clayton at MNSi.Net> wrote:
> >
> > Hello,
> >
> > I'm not sure if this is the place to bring it up, but did anyone else
> receive unsolicited e-mail from someone running for an ARIN board position
> this week?
> >
> > It appears that they harvested my e-mail address from my POC record.
> Folks -
> In accordance with the Virginia nonstock corporation act, ARIN makes
> available online for inspection the list of eligible voters for its annual
> election.  That list includes both the organization name and the
> organization’s postal address (note that we do not provide email contact
> information or telephone numbers as part of this list.)
> ARIN’s election procedures do not constrain candidates from promotion of
> any form; this has been discussed with the Board in the past with the
> result being that it is best left to the judgement of each voter what
> constitutes useful and informative information versus an undesired appeal
> for support.
> There are many ways that the eligible voter list can be reconciled with
> the related e-mail addresses, and this does include potentially use of
> ARIN’s Whois and Bulk Whois services. Our present terms of use for those
> Whois services do not specifically mention use related to ARIN election
> purposes, and as such an it is possible to argue either side of the usage
> being permissible or impermissible.
> I am aware of candidate email campaigns occurring in several of the past
> years, and this year appears to be no different.  I would ask that for the
> time being, folks consider such emails as one more additional encouragement
> to vote (if you have not already).   Once this election is complete, we can
> then enjoy a discussion of whether any changes to our Whois terms of use
> (or our election processes in general) is warranted in this regard.
> Thanks! (and again - remember to vote!)
> /John
> John Curran
> President and CEO
> American Registry for Internet Numbers
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