[arin-ppml] Policy Proposal 120: Protecting Number Resources

Hannigan, Martin marty at akamai.com
Mon Nov 8 18:36:51 EST 2010

On 11/6/10 9:43 AM, "ARIN" <info at arin.net> wrote:

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> Policy Proposal 120: Protecting Number Resources
> Proposal Originator: Leo Bicknell
> Proposal Version: 1.0
> Date: 5 November 2010
> Proposal type: new
> Policy term: permanent
> Policy statement:
> ARIN shall use any reasonable and practical methods to proactively
> look for fraudulently obtained or abandoned number resources and
> seek the return of those resources to ARIN.

I like this. It's simple and straight forward policy writin'.

I'd like to suggest even greater simplification. Split this into two chunks,
one for dealing with resources that are abandoned, not all are being
utilized fraudulently but this would cover "all" abandonment, and one for
dealing with resources that are fraudulently obtained. Two very different
states IMHO. 

I can't determine which one will be "easier" to get consensus on, but I
suspect it will be a proposal related to abandoned resources even though
that one is probably more fraught with legal issues.

> A report of activities under this policy shall be delivered at each
> ARIN meeting.

You might consider adding/adjusting this to something like "A report of
activities clearly demonstrating success, failure and costs under this
policy". I'd really like to be able to gauge the return of each activity so
we can figure out when we need to what's broken and if it could be fixed.



> Rationale:
> ARIN has generally only reactively looked for fraudulently obtained
> or abandoned number resources, generally via reports to
> https://www.arin.net/resources/fraud/.
> While it is great for ARIN to take these community reports, ARIN
> can be in a far better position to know which resources were
> fraudulently obtained or abandoned due to the additional paperwork
> that ARIN holds which is not available to the public, and the record
> of interactions (or lack thereof) with the resource holder.
> ] From: John Curran <jcurran at arin.net>
> ] To: Leo Bicknell <bicknell at ufp.org>
> ] CC: "arin-ppml at arin.net" <arin-ppml at arin.net>
> ] Subject: Re: [arin-ppml] Audits
> ]
> ] On Nov 5, 2010, at 2:19 PM, Leo Bicknell wrote:
> ] >  What would the community have to get the ARIN staff to go proactively
> ] >  looking for fraud, abuse, defunct companies and other non-compliant
> ] >  uses of the address space?
> ]
> ] As usual: have the community develop an appropriate policy and ensure that
> ] there is an adequate level of support for the increased ARIN costs (which
> ] will appear back as overall service fees) once we get to implementation.
> ]
> ] /John
> I expect the board/executive management will interpret reasonable
> and practical to be some amount of staff time that is not zero, but
> will also not "break the bank".
> I also expect that ARIN will report on the number resources (in the
> aggregate) that were returned due to this proactive activity, as
> well as the cost to the members of this activity (again, in the
> aggregate) so as to obtain feedback if more, or less resources
> should be used in this area.
> Timetable for implementation: immediate
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