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RE: Looking for verification that Google and Akamai have the geo-ip for 96.31.0.0/20 set correctly
From: Skywing <Skywing () valhallalegends com>
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2009 18:23:39 -0600

Any "security" provided (I must assume that you speak of fraud prevention services) is the probablistic sort, of 
reducing, for example, aggregate (and not specific) losses.

– S

-----Original Message-----
From: Greg Skinner <gds () gds best vwh net>
Sent: Sunday, January 04, 2009 15:52
To: Martin Hannigan <martin () theicelandguy com>
Cc: nanog () nanog org <nanog () nanog org>
Subject: Re: Looking for verification that Google and Akamai have the geo-ip    for 96.31.0.0/20 set correctly


On Sat, Jan 03, 2009 at 01:31:28AM -0500, Martin Hannigan wrote:
Overall, geo location has turned out to be a somewhat valuable tool in terms
of language, fraud, and localization. I think that it's important to
continue to urge improvements in this technology, not divestment.

I don't see how this technology can be improved past a certain point,
because the criteria that are used to determine location are only
coincidentally tied to location (they are the result of administrative
policy and/or configuration).  At best, they provide a false sense of
"security".

--gregbo



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