[arin-ppml] WhoWas Service Now in ARIN Online Announcement

Owen DeLong owen at delong.com
Tue Mar 27 21:35:13 EDT 2012

On Mar 27, 2012, at 5:59 PM, <nicky.smith at guilfordcommunications.com> wrote:

>> As send from arin-announce at arin.net on Mon, 26 Mar 2012 10:18:02 -0400
>> Subject: WhoWas Service Now in ARIN Online (ARIN)
>> From: Mark Kosters, Chief Technical Officer (ARIN)
>> ARIN is pleased to announce the integration of its WhoWas service in 
>> ARIN Online. ARIN?s WhoWas service provides historical registration 
>> reports for a given IP address or ASN. WhoWas functionality is 
>> available to ARIN Online users through the DOWNLOADS option in the 
>> left navigation. To access this service, users must first submit a 
>> one-time request to become authorized to access the WhoWas service.
>> Once approved, users will need to agree to the WhoWas Terms of Use 
>> before requesting a report.
>> Please view https://www.arin.net/resources/whowas/index.html for 
>> complete details on ARIN?s WhoWas service.
> -- snip --
> It appears that after years of being harangued by 'anti-spam' cultists for access to historic WHOIS data in order to burnish their credentials as Official Spam Detectives and support their efforts to criminalize marketing and drag email back to the DARPA era, ARIN has finally thrown in the towel. I am frankly disappointed.
> Has this topic every been discussed? This needs not to be part of the Disciples of ARIN. I am optimistic this can be reversed pending discussion.

It was discussed at numerous ARIN meetings and there was broad support from the community and the membership. Arguably, this was implemented (finally) in spite of ARIN staff doing their best to drag their feet on the implementation because of overwhelming support from the community.


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