[arin-ppml] Policy requests

michael.dillon at bt.com michael.dillon at bt.com
Mon Oct 18 06:31:07 EDT 2010

> I think it makes sense that ARIN have the same policies on accuracy of
> SWIPing, and that there should be some language that prevents someone
> from creating fraudulent reverse records.

Something like this has been tried and it was contentious. I don't think
that you will have much luck with this.

> 2) I believe I should be able to review the network diagrams for
> requests of IP allocations that are not flagged as confidential.  I
> understand there needs to be a mechanism to protect trade secrets, but
> at the same time, it would make sense to be as open as possible.  I
> wouldn't expect to see the blueprints for a new CIA building, but I
> would for a new road in my town.

All network diagrams are currently flagged as confidential since they are
received under the blanket NDA for communications with Registry Services.
You would need to change policy to, first of all, require network diagrams
to be filed, and secondly, to require them to be public and not under
the NDA. Even then this would not apply to any network diagrams filed in
the past. Of course, many orgs would redact their diagrams before filing.

> 3) I think there should be a mechanism to allow researchers to
> advertise IP space that has been abandoned by criminals.  There are
> lots of corner cases of course, but this sort of thing is already
> happening, with 1/8 being advertised recently as a research project.
> Perhaps the easiest way to accommodate this would be to wait until the
> IP allocation expires due to non-payment, then assign that to a
> researcher.  For instance, it would be very nice to be able to
> advertise ex-mccolo space, sinkhole the data to Shadowserver, then
> provide telemetry back into the ISP community about infections.

This is an interesting proposal and I think you should pursue it first.
ARIN has some provisions for experimental use and you may find it
useful to propose this as an extension. As long as these allocations
are time bounded in some way, this sounds like something that the
community might accept.

--Michael Dillon

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