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Re: Prefix hijacking by Michael Lindsay via Internap
From: Jimmy Hess <mysidia () gmail com>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2011 13:15:40 -0500
On Aug 20, 2011, at 10:29 PM, Tammy A. Wisdom wrote:
I completely agree... the real issue here is the system is flawed and RIPE/ARIN/APNIC etc have zero actual authority
over actual routing. Yet another reason they aren't worth the money we flush down the toilet for them to do
The system is this way BY DESIGN, and any other method would concentrate power
which would be detrimental to the internet and counter to its
open/consensus driven nature.
Whenever power or authority has been concentrated or centralized on
the internet, the
altruistic objective has almost always been distorted or corrupted to
interests instead of community interests.
The domain name system and ICANN is the perfect, iconical example, of
why we should never
have a single entity with ACTUAL authority over routing.
The RIRs' job is to provide unique registrations, nothing else.
And registry fees are for recovering costs necessary to provide the
service and to maintain
Just like the IETF's job is to provide RFCs.
But the IETF has no authority to go around to mailservers running
and force them to be turned off for non-compliance with the RFC.
_Enforcement_ of RIR allocations is by network operators refusing to
originate or propagate announcements by organizations unauthorized by
the registered resource holder.
So IANA/ARIN/RIPE/APNIC/etc _do_ have an effect on routing policy, it's just
an indirect effect that depends on the operator community recognizing them
as the IP address registry.