If this isn’t the first post that you have read here on my blog, you are likely already aware of my stance on WHOIS reform. But just in case, let’s do a quick level-set:

  • WHOIS is basically the system used to store and retrieve information about Internet resources.
  • Here, we are specifically discussing ARIN’s part in that system.
  • AGWG stands for ARIN Government Working Group, which was established in February 2009.
  • The AGWG includes over 18 law enforcement and other government agencies from the ARIN region.

Now to the point: My WHOIS reform policy proposal (originally pp109, now dp2010-14) gained quite a bit of attention from law enforcement when I presented it in Toronto. Following that meeting, I worked fairly extensively with FBI Supervisory Special Agent Robert (Bobby) Flaim to ensure that the policy fully meets the needs of law enforcement. I think we did a great job of balancing the need for privacy protections with the need to enabling legitimate law enforcement investigations. The proposed policy formally codifies many best current practices for IPv4 reassignment registration and fills in all the holes in current IPv6 WHOIS policy as well.

Because of all this, I have been asked to present the draft policy to the AGWG during their meeting tomorrow morning. As such, I worked up a short slide deck to help describe the problem addressed and solution proposed by 2010-14. If you are interested in learning more, take a look:


As always, I welcome all comments; here, via email, or on the ppml.

Published On: September 29th, 2010 / Categories: ARIN, IPv6, Policy, Tech Policy / Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , /

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