[ppml] RE: [arin-announce] NRO Response to ITU Comments on th e Management of Internet Protocol (IP) Addresses

Bill Darte billd at cait.wustl.edu
Thu Nov 18 14:29:24 EST 2004

> Greg,
> From my perspective, a non-ARIN Member, I see 3 things-
> 1. Many people do not even know what ARIN is!
> 	I took an informal survey of 10 IT professional's
> 	in my area. And 5 IT managers.
> 	The professional's varied from desktop support to CCNA's.
> 	Of those 15, 6 knew what ARIN is, 3 knew they could somehow
> 	be involved without paying dues etc, and 6 were unsure of any 
> 	way they could influence policy.
> 2. This had some discussion earlier on a different thread, 
> about a specific
> 	policy and whether or not the word was out to the community.
> 	If a policy that affects hundreds of potential (policy) 
> users, is not known
> 	to them, how would they even know they can comment and 
> participate! 

Many stakeholders are so indirect that they do not NEED to know.  The home
Internet user, the small business entity.

3. YES, most of the people that participate on 
> here have some kind of stake,
> 	as with most groups.  If you take this large scale, I 
> bet there are no less than 50 
> 	organizations that you can participate in that you do 
> not know about.....
> 	This is just the way things happen.....

I'm sure that there are lots of organizations that look out for my interests
that I don't directly participate in... (thanks to all those...whoever they

> And lastly, I don't have #'s on this, but I am willing to say 
> that there are a fair number of policies even authored by 
> non-ARIN members. (Richard do you know?) IE Dr Jefferey 
> Race-- Didn't he do one year before last?????

Of course anyone can author a policy, but one has to identify an impact

> Just my 2cents worth...
> Jim

I suggest that those on the front lines...the ISPs should be identifying
that they are ARIN members and advocate for community
interest/participation.  How many have newsletters that could include
something about ARIN?

That does not abosolve ARIN of the responsibility to attempt notify
stakeholders of the role of ARIN and to invite participation.

I would be interested in this list identifying stakeholders that have a
'significant' stake in Internet number resources that might NOT be aware of
ARIN and its role.  This would be the first concrete step toward effective,
universal stakeholder involvement.  Next we might find ways to collaborate
with other entities that already have visibility to these entities or find
other ways of notification.  Finally, there are ways that ARIN might
influence general identity through public service and public relations
strategies....provide copy to newspapers and news programs, etc.

Bill Darte
ARIN Advisory Council
314 935-7575

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