[arin-ppml] Policy Proposal: Whois Authentication Alternatives

Leo Bicknell bicknell at ufp.org
Wed Aug 20 18:06:29 EDT 2008

In a message written on Wed, Aug 20, 2008 at 05:28:27PM -0400, John Santos wrote:
> So the LRSA "carrot" seems to be "We won't hit you with this stick".
> Sounds like the Piranha Brothers to me.

There is no carrot for the resource holder.

Society sets up rules that are good for all.  We register cars,
land, people, stocks, and all sorts of other stuff so society as a
whole can take stock, determine rights, privileges and/or ownership.

If you could avoid the cost, time, and hassle of doing any of the
above you would.  Don't have to renew your license plates every
year, excellent!  Don't have to send in any ARIN paperwork, bonus!

However, you should be peeved when someone else gets to opt out of
the system you use.  When someone does a hit and run on your car,
and you find they have no license plate to write down as they drive
away you want them to be punished for not having properly registered
their car.  When someone sends you a 5G DOS attack you want network
contacts so you can make it stop.

This is far from a new problem.  This is no different than a town
suffering from the tragedy of the commons developing rules for who
could graze and when, but then only applying them to half the towns
people.  It's no surprise the other half of the towns people like
to be able to graze whenever they want, and even in some cases
openly mock the townspeople who are trying to keep their animals
off the commons.

However, the end result is still a bare commons, and all of the
animals die.  That can happen here; when IPv4 runs out the motivation
to hijack a legacy block will increase exponentially.  Legacy holders
may find themselves being hijacked at faster and faster rates.  I
have no doubt they will then come back to ARIN looking for a solution,
and I fear the solution will be to abandon the IPv4 field as barren
and destitute.

I suspect the half of the towns people who set decent rules and
tried to preserve the commons will be relatively unsympathetic at
that point in time that those who have avoided participating in
society and openly mocked them are now receiving their just rewards.

There is no carrot for the individual.  There is a need for the
greater good.  Unfortunately this is only enforced by sticks.  Any
carrot offered is only furthering a privileged class and codifying
its nature.

       Leo Bicknell - bicknell at ufp.org - CCIE 3440
        PGP keys at http://www.ufp.org/~bicknell/
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