[arin-ppml] Fraud reporting results (was :Re: Policy question)

Ronald F. Guilmette rfg at tristatelogic.com
Thu Sep 20 18:50:47 EDT 2012

In message <EB1C1711-0FAC-4655-9468-D0E4D5E75EF4 at corp.arin.net>, 
John Curran <jcurran at arin.net> wrote:

>On Sep 20, 2012, at 5:53 PM, Ronald F. Guilmette <rfg at tristatelogic.com> wr
>>>   https://www.arin.net/resources/fraud/results/
>> These quarterly summaries are very interesting documents, if for no other
>> reason, then at least for the creative way in which they have been surgic
>> ally neutered of essentially all actual information content.
>That's to be expected, as they usually contain information that is sensitive
>in nature.


I do well and truly understand John.  Certainly a number of kind and patient
people, including yourself, have explained to me be about the sensitive
nature of much of the data that ARIN processes or comes into contact with.

Still, as I think you know, the abundant secrecy which attaches to so much
of what ARIN does chafes at me, even when & if there are good reasons and
arguments to support it.  I understand and accept that I won't be changing
any of the relevant procedures or policies anytime soon.   I only hope
that you will accept, with the same equanimity, my occasional off-the-cuff
observations regading the sometimes absurd (to my eyes anyway) outcome of
ARIN's need and desire to be at once both open and secretive.

Nowhere is that inherent and unavoidable contradiction in your mission more
immediately or obviously evident than in these quarterly fraud report
handling summaries.  As I'm sure you know, I applaud ARIN's clear desire
to be as open and forthcoming about these things as possible,  but it does
nontheless seem just slightly silly to publish the fact that ARIN
handled a report on such-and-such a date, assigned it such-and-such
internal tracking/ticket number, and then go on to say (in effect) we
(ARIN) can't actually tell the public at large any more of the particulars.

One can't help but wonder what possibly could have motivated ARIN to attempt
to publically document things about which it (ARIN) cannot actually talk about.
(My sincere apologies if you don't see the humor in this.  For me at least,
it is actually rather droll.  I do however understand that the humor may
perhaps be much easier to appreciate from the outside than from the inside.)


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