[arin-ppml] Draft Policy ARIN-2013-4: RIR Principles - revised

Steven Ryerse SRyerse at eclipse-networks.com
Tue Jul 16 15:01:03 EDT 2013

I certainly think that ARIN has the right to change the Mission Statement when it wants to.  I would comment though that ARIN deciding to make a significant rewrite to the Mission Statement  without this community's input first - sure does puncture the illusion that ARIN only changes policies with this community's consensus.  

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-----Original Message-----
From: John Curran [mailto:jcurran at arin.net] 
Sent: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 2:51 PM
To: Steven Ryerse
Cc: David Farmer; arin-ppml at arin.net
Subject: Re: [arin-ppml] Draft Policy ARIN-2013-4: RIR Principles - revised

On Jul 16, 2013, at 2:40 PM, Steven Ryerse <SRyerse at eclipse-networks.com> wrote:

> Well that's interesting.  Last August I included a copy of the ARIN Mission Statement that I cut and pasted  from ARINs web site into one of my comments to this community.  This was the statement:
> “Applying the principles of stewardship, ARIN, a nonprofit corporation, allocates Internet Protocol resources; develops consensus-based policies; and facilitates the advancement of the Internet through information and educational outreach.”
> I looked at ARINs web site today  since the Mission Statement below didn't look like what I remembered and lo and behold - the Mission Statement has changed.  David is correct that it says:  
> "ARIN, a nonprofit member-based organization, supports the operation of the Internet through the management of Internet number resources throughout its service region; coordinates the development of policies by the community for the management of Internet Protocol number resources; and advances the Internet through informational outreach."
> It would have been nice if ARIN had let this community know of the change.


> I wonder why it changed? 

It was changed to make it clear that ARIN does not develop the policies, but instead "coordinates the development of policies by the community"
(This is accomplished by mechanisms such as the ARIN Policy Development Process, maintenance of this Public Policy Mailing List, support of the the ARIN Advisory Council, etc.)


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