[arin-ppml] AFRINIC And The Stability Of The Internet Number Registry System

Ted Mittelstaedt tedm at ipinc.net
Tue Aug 31 19:30:36 EDT 2021


Since you are jumping on the bandwagon I will also:

On 8/29/2021 3:15 PM, Ronald F. Guilmette wrote:
> In message<F04ED1585899D842B482E7ADCA581B84A9C40DDC at newserver.arneill-py.local>
> Michel Py<michel at arneill-py.sacramento.ca.us>  wrote:
>
>> +1
>
> I also would like to jump onto this bandwagon and likewise express my
> appreciation for John's publication of his missive in support of AFRINIC.
>

> AFRINIC's free pool and also (b) manipulating the WHOIS records of numerous
> long-abandonded AFRINIC legacy blocks so as to effectively cede control of
> those blocks to various other parties.

This is precisely why many years ago I pushed for - and got - annual 
verification in section 3.6 of the NRPM  I was 1 of 3 others who pushed 
this section into the NRPM

Over the years people have whined and cried about "wahhh it exposes me 
to spam wahhh wahhh" and there's been attempts to get rid of this section.

Well now all you whiners see WHY this exists.  If AFRINIC had been 
cleaning house these long-abandoned AFRINIC legacy blocks would have 
been pulled out of whois and added into their pool, instead of hanging 
around available to be stolen.

I just wanted to say "I told you so" to all the so-called "privacy 
advocates" who argued against section 3.6.  We do NOT live in a "kind 
world where everyone does the right thing" no matter how much you wish
for it.

The AFRINIC mess is not all bad.  It, like the Dred Scott decision, will
add a historical justification for why you don't do certain stupid 
things just to make some people feel better.  Number resources are a 
shared resource and - just like property must have ownership identified 
publicly - resources must have use identified publicly.

Just feels good to be vindicated.

Ted Mittelstaedt
tedm at ipinc.net



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