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ARIN 37 Day 3 Daily Recap

By Jennifer Bly, Public Relations and Social Media Coordinator, ARIN

Though it’s hard to believe, ARIN 37 has already come and gone.  Today was the third and final day of our Public Policy and Members Meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica.   Over the last few days, community members have discussed policies, networked with colleagues, and learned more about regional and global issues affecting Internet number resources.

ARIN 37 Meeting Photo

Today’s sessions took us through many topics at the heart of ARIN as an organization. We first heard about a new Services Working Group that has been created to assist with the consideration of proposed changes to ARIN’s services.  Then we heard departmental reports from Communications and Member Services, Engineering, Global Registry Knowledge, Financial Services, Human Resources and Administration, and Registration Services.  A few highlights included:

There were also reports on ARIN finances, the Advisory Council, and Board of Trustees. We wrapped up the meeting was one last open microphone session, during which attendees covered outreach to the Caribbean, IPv4 address space, and more. If you are interested in referencing the slide decks from today’s meeting, all are already available on the ARIN website. In a few days, full transcripts, notes, and webcasts will be posted as well, so stay tuned.

Thanks to everyone who participated in ARIN 37 both onsite and online for making this a successful and enjoyable meeting.  While it’s still fresh in your mind, don’t forget to save the date for the next ARIN meeting in Dallas, Texas from 20-21 October 2016.


ARIN 37 Day 2 Daily Recap

By Jennifer Bly, Public Relations and Social Media Coordinator, ARIN

Today marked Day 2 of the ARIN 37 Public Policy and Members Meeting.  First thing this morning we heard updates from the Number Resource Organization (NRO) comprising the five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs).  We received reports from our RIR colleagues about their respective regions.

ARIN 37 Day 2 Photo

The three policies discussed in detail today included:

In a special IANA Transition Panel, we heard about the current status of the IANA stewardship transition proposal and where it stands now. We also saw presentations on policy simplification and ARIN software development.  Lastly, we rounded out the day with an open microphone session that included topics from legacy address space to future IANA delegations.  We continued to enjoy chatting with you on Twitter about the meeting using #ARIN37.

In the coming weeks, complete webcasts, transcripts, and abbreviated notes from the entire meeting will be posted online.  In the meantime, downloads of all the slide decks presented at the meeting are already available. Don’t forget that you can participate in the last day of ARIN 37 tomorrow morning whether you’re onsite in Jamaica or online anywhere in the world.  See you again tomorrow!


ARIN 37 Day 1 Daily Recap

By Jennifer Bly, Public Relations and Social Media Coordinator, ARIN

Community members from across the ARIN region convened to discuss Internet number resource policy at the ARIN 37 Public Policy Meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica. See below for a high-level view of what happened during the first day of ARIN 37 and check back in again on Tuesday and Wednesday for more daily recaps of meeting activities.

ARIN 37 Day 1 Photo

ARIN 37 unofficially kicked off yesterday with an orientation for first time meeting attendees and officially today with an overview of all on-docket proposals.  Next we took a look at the 25 total regional policies that are being discussed in five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) year to date.  Then we heard a report on ARIN’s policy implementation and experiences that identified areas where new or modified policy may be needed based on operational experience, especially digging into the practice of IPv4 transfers.

In a much anticipated panel talk, an impressive group of industry experts spoke about their own experiences with IPv6 deployment.  In sharing operational success stories, panelists offered their advice regarding IPv6 in the enterprise and took questions from attendees.

The two policies we discussed today included:

In the afternoon, we got an IETF Update that highlighted what happened at the most recent Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meeting, and Leslie Nobile, Senior Director of Global Registry Knowledge, provided insights on why it is important to update your information in ARIN’s registry during a session on Whois accuracy.

We enjoyed your tweets about the meeting so far.  Here are some of our favorites using the #ARIN37 hashtag.  Keep up the sharing!

Remember, you don’t have to be with us in Jamaica to participate the next two days of ARIN 37. Remote participants have the ability watch webcasts, follow the live transcript, vote in polls, and submit questions and comments via chat.  All you need to do is register to take full advantage of our remote participation options. See you back again here tomorrow!




The Importance of Maintaining Accurate Whois Data

By Leslie Nobile, Senior Director of Global Registry Knowledge, ARIN

The main purpose of ARIN’s Whois directory service is fairly clear-cut: maintain and display accurate registration records of who has the rights of use to a particular Internet Number resource. Simple enough, right? It’s easy to see how network operators would value this service; but did you know that researchers, law enforcement, and many other community stakeholders also use Whois data for a variety of reasons?

With that in mind, it’s easy to see the importance of maintaining accurate registration records in Whois. Aside from the fact that accurate data helps keep the Internet secure and safe (and quite simply, it’s the right thing to do), there are other reasons that you may not have considered.

Keep Your Resources Safe

ARIN has increasingly found that registration records that haven’t been updated have become the prime targets of hijackers and other potential criminals. The common approach is to find these dormant resource, organization, and Point of Contact (POC) records, and subsequently go through a series of checks to determine if the associated Internet number resources are being used by a viable organization. If it appears that the Internet number resources may not be used or that the registrant is no longer in business, the perpetrators then attempt to emulate the organization so as to take over the organization record and its related resources (including persuading ISPs to begin routing those resources). With enough effort, this type of fraud can lead to a registrant losing control of its resources if not promptly detected.

So what can you do to defend yourself? There are a couple of important steps organizations and individuals can take to protect their Whois data and prevent their resources from being hijacked. The first and most important one is to ensure the timely and accurate maintenance of your Whois data. This includes updating ARIN about any mergers, acquisitions, transfers, or name changes that have taken place over the years. You can make registration updates by logging into your ARIN Online account (or creating a new one if you don’t already have one) and selecting the appropriate request category in the left-hand navigation.

A second, very important step that organizations and individuals can take is to respond to ARIN’s annual POC validation request. Either confirming that your registration information is correct or sending ARIN updated contact information helps to ensure that the Whois database is properly and accurately updated.

Note that the ability to update IP registry records is currently available to all individuals and organizations receiving ARIN services, whether pursuant to a Registration Services Agreement or because the registrant holds legacy number resources issued before ARIN’s formation.

All updates made to Whois records will be reflected in the “Last Updated” date field in Whois. When a potential hijacker sees a recent “Last Updated” date, this is an indicator that the contact and its associated organization are current and active, which can be a significant deterrent to potential hijackers. If you observe an inaccuracy in Whois for other organizations, please let us know so we can work to update the record accordingly. To do so, please click the “Whois Inaccuracy Reporting” link on ARIN’s homepage and fill out a short web form or send an email to hostmaster@arin.net.

We encourage everyone to take the time necessary to update their registration data whenever it changes – remember: it only takes a little effort now to defend yourself against larger problems down the line!

Get Ready to Set Sail for ARIN 37

By Susan Hamlin, Director of Communications and Member Services, ARIN

It’s almost time to pack our bags and ship out to Montego Bay, Jamaica for ARIN 37! We’ll be at the Half Moon resort from 17-20 April and we hope you will too. If you can’t join us on site, I hope you will take advantage of our remote participation options and lend your voice to policy discussions.

ARIN 37 logo

The following policies are on our agenda along with a number of educational updates from ARIN and around the world:

In addition to our usual policy and technical discussions, there will also be a chance for newcomers to get acquainted with ARIN through a special “ARIN at a Glance” event on Sunday afternoon. This is a great opportunity for folks to brush up on the basics of ARIN. We’ll also host two happy hours (one on Sunday evening and one on Tuesday evening) plus a beach barbecue on Monday evening so you can connect with others in the Internet community.

For a full breakdown of events, view the complete day-by-day, hour-by-hour agenda on the ARIN 37 website.

If you’ll be traveling to Jamaica and need help making travel plans or finding things to do, take a look at the following websites:​

If you are joining us online, the remote participation options include a publicly available webcast and live transcript, as well as designated chat rooms to allow registered remote participants to contribute to the policy discussions and open microphone sessions. The live transcript will record the presentations and discussions from the meeting floor, so you can read along to enhance your webcast viewing. Remote registration is free, and all remote registrants will be listed as registered participants on the meeting website and in the archive of the meeting on the ARIN website. More information about remote participation is available here.

Lastly, to keep up with all the latest ARIN 37 happenings (either directly from the meeting or from afar), don’t forget to tweet using #ARIN37.

Whether you’ll be joining us in person or remotely, we look forward to your participation and another great Public Policy and Members Meeting.

Introducing the ARIN 37 Fellows

By Wendy Leedy, Member Engagement Coordinator, ARIN

Just a few more weeks until we head to Montego Bay, Jamaica for ARIN 37! We hope you’re planning to join us and if you are, you’ll keep an eye out for our 15 fellows and say hello. We have a great group coming to ARIN 37 and I’ve been lucky enough to get their thoughts about the upcoming meeting. It’s been a fantastic opportunity for me to learn more about them and what excites them about ARIN and the Internet community.

ARIN 37 Fellows

To better understand each of the fellows’ interest in ARIN and their desire to attend ARIN 37, I first asked, “Why did you apply for a Fellowship?” This led to some interesting insight from our fellows. Patrick Anglin (Jamaica) shared that he wanted his voice to be a part of the Internet governance discussion, and that seemed to be a common theme for many of the fellows. Kevin Powell (Jamaica) also remarked that he was interested in “finding out the latest updates on … IPv4 number allocation and where we are with IPv6.” Andrew Trudgeon (Canada) valued the chance to make new contacts at the last ARIN meeting he attended, and he wished to further his conversations at ARIN 37. Some were even persuaded by others to apply, like Alison Wood (USA), who was encouraged by a coworker who was an ARIN fellow a few years ago and greatly valued the experience.

And after the time spent on their applications, how did the fellows feel when they learned they were selected? I was pleased to learn that Trevor Forrest (Jamaica) was elated, Craig Mollerstuen (USA) was appreciative, and Alison Wood “literally jumped up in the air and cheered!” We’re off to a good start with reactions like those!

Next, I wanted to know what our fellows were most looking forward to at the meeting. Obviously, Jamaica’s sunshine and palm trees are a draw, but what else excites them about being at ARIN 37? Jose de la Cruz (USA) is looking forward to reconnecting with his mentor from ARIN 36 and meeting new network professionals. Andrew Trudgeon is ready for some “open discussion from some extremely bright minds in the field” and Gerry George (Caribbean) is excited about “the opportunity to meet with ICT peers at the following CaribNOG event.” Trevor Forrest is excited for the chance to network as well as have some discussions about how the regulatory and policy framework in his country can be improved.

What about the takeaways? We all know there’s a lot to gain by attending an ARIN Public Policy and Members Meetings, but what is the number one experience or piece of knowledge our fellows hope to gain?

Margaret Leon (Caribbean) is eager to learn more about ARIN’s general activities – undoubtedly a worthwhile goal. Michael Lerer (Canada) “would like to gain a better understanding of how the consumer, product, ISP, and hardware participants interact, and the economic factors that influence strategy decisions for those stakeholders.” Alyssa Moore (Canada) is looking to find out how she and her organization can “engage in and contribute to the policy development process.” DNS registration and address space management are on the mind of Gary Campbell (Jamaica), and Andrew Trudgeon and Craig Mollerstuen are both eager to learn about smaller Internet Service Providers making the move to IPv6. Learning more about IPv6 was a common theme, I quickly discovered!

It’s clear that there will be plenty to do at ARIN 37, and a lot to learn, but our fellows aren’t just thinking about the here and now – they’re also looking to the future and keeping in mind how to put all they learn into action. Patrick Anglin is looking forward to drafting effective strategies for enabling the increased use of technology in the Caribbean, specifically Jamaica. He hopes this will ultimately foster societal (not just economic) development. Daledrey Barrow (Caribbean) looks to inspire others to become involved in the local and international Internet registration process. Gerry George is looking at it a bit differently – he is excited that after participating in online sessions in the past, he can now get some first-hand and up-close experience with the meetings and gain a greater appreciation of the outcomes of the various discussions. And Roger Caruth (USA) anticipates being “actively involved in working groups, conducting research, and presenting literature for public consumption.” We look forward to your input, Roger!

All in all, it was great for me to have the chance to get to know our fellows a little better and on a more personal level. I’m looking forward to meeting them in Jamaica, and I hope I’ll get to meet you there too!

Stay in the Loop by Subscribing to a Mailing List

By Hollis Kara, Communications Manager, ARIN

There’s a lot going on at ARIN at any given time, which means there’s a lot for you – the community – to take in. What’s the easiest way to make sure you stay in the loop? The answer is simple: subscribe to one of our mailing lists.


Whether you prefer to watch from the sidelines or become an active participant, ARIN’s Mailing Lists offer something for everyone in the community.

Stay Informed

ARIN Announce (arin-announce@arin.net)


This read-only list provides information on issues affecting the community, including elections, meetings, policy updates, training opportunities, and other ARIN events.

ARIN Issued (arin-issued@arin.net)


A read-only list open to the general public used to provide a daily report of addresses returned and addresses issued directly by ARIN or address blocks returned to ARIN’s free pool as requested in ACSP Suggestion 2008.2.

ARIN Suggestions (arin-suggestions@arin.net)


A read-only list open to the general public used to provide notification to community of new ACSP suggestions and ARIN responses.

Shape the Future

Public Policy (arin-ppml@arin.net)


This open forum plays an important role in our Policy Development Process. Raise and discuss issues surrounding existing and proposed policies. Opinions expressed here are reviewed by the Advisory Council to help determine consensus for policy proposals.

ARIN Consultation (arin-consult@arin.net)


This open list is part of the ARIN Consultation and Suggestion Process, and is used by ARIN’s senior leadership to solicit community feedback on important issues.

ARIN Technical Discussions (arin-tech-discuss@arin.net)


Open to the general public, this list allows us to gather technical feedback for ARIN on experiences in the use or evaluation of current ARIN services and features in development.

ARIN Discuss (arin-discuss@arin.net)


This member-only list is used to solicit feedback and discuss ARIN-specific issues such as fee structures and internal policies.

Note: To use any of these lists, you must adhere to ARIN’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).

We also provide links to publicly viewable archives of all our mailing lists. Don’t want to clutter your inbox? You can always take advantage of the RSS feeds of website announcements as well as the ARIN Issued, Public Policy, and ARIN Suggestions Mailing Lists, giving you one more way to stay updated and informed.

That’s all there is to it. Enjoy, and don’t be afraid to jump into a discussion!


Adventures in UI Improvement

By Jan Blacka, Senior User Experience Specialist, ARIN

Every site has different needs and issues that need addressing, and it can be challenging to fix existing issues while developing new features. We recently took the time to step back and take a hard look at our ARIN Online user interface (UI). The bad news: there is a lot of work to do, and it will be a painstaking and complex process. The good news: the ARIN team is ready for it.

Are we crazy? Maybe. But we’re recognizing the importance of UI improvements more and more every day, and we have our community to thank for nudging us along. As a matter of fact, it was in response to a suggestion via the ARIN Consultation and Suggestion Process that we specifically included UI improvements in our 2016-2017 Strategic Plan (see #4 on pages 3 and 4). So while we balance organizational needs and priorities, we are working small improvements in where we can and laying the groundwork for other changes down the line.

UI Improvements

The biggest changes we’ve made so far are to the navigation menu in ARIN Online. These changes were just rolled out on 12 March, so if you haven’t had a chance to fully explore them yet, let us summarize:

  • All of the functionality in ARIN Online previously had to be accessed through 10 flat-hierarchy menu items. To make room for the planned new SWIP-EZ functionality, the 10 were consolidated into seven top-level items plus Ask ARIN.
  • We re-ordered the items to group like things with like. The somewhat enigmatically-named MANAGE & REQUEST RESOURCES menu item is now broken out into “IP Addresses” and “ASNs” to make the labels more immediately meaningful to the people (router and network geeks) who are typically responsible for managing these things.
  • We added “hint” text (the smaller, yellow text) to secondary menu items to clarify terminology used in the main label and remove some of the guesswork about what you can do in ARIN Online.
  • We grouped user profile items with our Point of Contact and Organization ID records because all of these items are fundamentally about people who work with Internet numbers, not the Internet numbers themselves.
  • The visual presentation is now much more readable (we used to use all caps – now we’ve switched to mixed case) and takes advantage of the click-to-expand design pattern to give you control over the level of detail you see.
  • We’ve taken advantage of the badge design pattern to let you know at a glance how many unread Message Center messages you have.

On top of the changes we’ve already made, we’re working with you – the ARIN community – to make even more. We’re reaching out to the people who use our tools the most to learn how you think about the work you do in ARIN Online. We’re also paying attention to common pain points as evidenced by questions coming in through calls and emails, and finding ways to ease those pain points though improvements to ARIN Online.

Lastly, just as you can’t really proofread your own copy or test your own code, you can’t user-test your own interfaces. So we’re getting some face-time with you at ARIN on the Roads and conducting usability tests to test our assumptions and uncover any new pain points we are introducing with new features.

We appreciate your patience as we make these important updates and we hope you’re as excited about the changes as we are. While making UI improvements can seem daunting at first, we keep remembering that it’s akin to adopting IPv6 – we just have to do it!

P.S. Have a few minutes to spare for the good of the community? Volunteer to do some testing via screen sharing! Send an email to info@arin.net and be sure to reference this blog.

Calling All Member Organizations: Check Eligibility and Save the Date for the 2016 ARIN Elections

By Wendy Leedy, Member Engagement Coordinator, ARIN

ARIN Membership has its perks, but the privilege to vote for the Board of Trustees, Advisory Council, and Number Resource Organization Number Council (NRO NC) is undoubtedly the most important benefit of membership. ARIN Elections give you the chance to direct the future of ARIN, our community, and the Internet itself – no small task!

While October may feel far off, it will be here before you know it, so it’s important to save the date now for this year’s ARIN Elections. Mark your calendars: the polls open on 20 October 2016 for member voting to seat representatives on the 2017 ARIN Board of Trustees, Advisory Council, and NRO NC.

ARIN Elections

This year, ARIN Elections will be accessible exclusively through ARIN Online to provide Voting Contacts a consistent and seamless voting experience. Implementing this change requires all General Members in Good Standing to designate one person who has an ARIN Online web user account linked to the organization as its Voting Contact. The Voting Contact is key in the election process: s/he is the sole individual eligible to participate in the election for their organization so it is critical that every member organization verify this contact is up to date.

It’s important to note that a member organization’s Voting Contact must be on record with the Communications and Member Services Department no later than 45 days before a ballot or election. This year, the deadline to establish voter eligibility is 6 September 2016.

Once the polls are open, that’s your time to make your voice heard. Make sure you review the election system instructions on our website beforehand so you’re all ready to go when the time comes to vote. If you’ve forgotten your ARIN Online username or password, visit the Login Assistance page.

The polls will close on 28 October 2016, giving you just over a week to participate in this important process. You can also expect a call from ARIN during election time with a friendly reminder that it’s time to vote. The results of the elections will be announced no later than 4 November 2016. For other key elections dates, check out the calendar on the Election Headquarters page.

If you have any questions about the voting process, email me at members@arin.net for assistance. It’s your voice, your vote; make it count! We’ll see you in October!

Move Your Career Forward at ARIN

By Erin Alligood, Director of HR and Administration, ARIN

If you’re reading this blog, there’s a good chance you know that ARIN provides essential services related to the technical coordination and management of Internet number resources. But here’s something you may not have ever stopped to think about: there’s an actual group of real, live people leading this effort.

Join the ActionARIN is made up of some amazing, intelligent, and forward-thinking employees who are passionate about moving the Internet forward. If this sounds interesting to you, ARIN is currently hiring and we’re inviting you to apply to become part of the ARIN team!

Here are some of the things we’re proudest about when it comes to working at ARIN:

  • ARIN has great employee retention – in fact, our retention rate is 95% and the average employee tenure is five years.
  • Many of our team members were referred by other ARIN employees, demonstrating that employees enjoy working at ARIN so much that they’re telling others about it.
  • ARIN provides great benefits at a minimal cost to our employees.
  • ARIN is growing but we are also stable and dependable – we’ve been at it since 1997 and we show no signs of slowing down!

If we’ve convinced you that working at ARIN is a great opportunity, take a look at the list of our job postings on the ARIN website. We are currently looking to fill several positions, including a Paralegal/Staff Attorney in the Registration Services Department (RSD) and a Policy Analyst in the Communications and Member Services Department (CMSD). If you think you might be a good fit for one of these opportunities, follow the instructions included in the description to apply.

We hope to see your application soon!

Note: ARIN offices are located in the Washington, DC metro area in Chantilly, Virginia.

ARIN on the Road: Coming Attractions

By Susan Hamlin, Director of Communications and Member Services, ARIN

Since 2010, ARIN on the Road has been your chance to see the human face of ARIN while staying up to date on the latest happenings. These one-day, no-cost educational events cover everything from requesting IP addresses and Autonomous System Numbers (ASNs), to the status of IPv6 adoption, to current policy discussions and ARIN technical services such as DNSSEC and resource certification. If you ever find yourself with questions about how to interact with ARIN’s online services, this is the event for you. We even offer an optional Ask ARIN session and the chance to speak one-on-one with an ARIN staff member.

AOTR Tampa

Since the program is designed to bring new faces and voices into ARIN, we try to visit as many cities across the ARIN region as we possibly can. We look at not only where we haven’t been before, but also where we have a large concentration of members. So far we’ve made our way to 32 cities, and in 2016, we’ll add several more cities to the list.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming ARIN on the Roads:

  • ARIN on the Road: Austin – registration now open
    • 22 March in Austin, TX
  • ARIN on the Road: Edmonton
    • 3 May in Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • ARIN on the Road: Pittsburgh
    • 2 June in Pittsburgh, PA

That’s all we have scheduled for now, but more destinations will be added in the coming months. Keep an eye on our ARIN Meetings page for future dates and locations.

We hope you will make sure to attend if we stop in a city near you! And if we haven’t made a stop by you yet, let us know in the comments and we’ll try to visit your city soon.

Growing the Internet with IPv6

By Kim Kelly, Communications Writer, ARIN

It’s 2016, and imagining a world without Internet is pretty much impossible for most of us. Along the way to “how did we ever exist without this,” the Internet has grown in ways we could have never anticipated. It’s grown in terms of users, connected devices, and even how we connect to the Internet: via Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) or the more expansive Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6).

The Internet now reaches into the everyday aspects of our lives beyond just sitting down at a computer. We now have “the Internet of Things (IoT),” which is the network of physical, tangible objects that have the ability to connect to the Internet to collect and exchange information. This means your coffee pot, wristwatch, or even the lights in your house can become a part of one large, interconnected network. But the transformative effects of the IoT will never be felt as long as device manufacturers, web content developers, and consumer technology interests still rely solely on IPv4.

Lucky for us, some industry leaders are paving the way for across-the-board IPv6 adoption. Check out the infographic below to see how the Internet has grown and how several major companies are leading us into a brighter IPv6-enabled future.

Whole Internet

Enamorate del Internet (Loving the Internet)

By Susan Hamlin, Director of Communications and Member Services, ARIN

ISOC Puerto Rico

Last week I was honored to represent ARIN and participate in an ISOC Puerto Rico Chapter event co-sponsored by the HETS University Consortium.

I joined Eduardo Diaz, President of the ISOC Puerto Rico Chapter, Nancy Quiros, ISOC Development Manager for Latin American and the Caribbean, Norberto Cruz, Director of Information Systems at Office of Government Ethics of Puerto Rico, Javier Rua, President Junta Reglamentadora de Telecommunicaticaciones de Puerto Rico and Alfredo Calderon, Independent education consultant on a program aimed at explaining the Internet’s infrastructure and identifying some of the key players.

I explained to a diverse group of IT university faculty, students, businessmen and women where ARIN fits into the Internet ecosystem, our mission and services, and of course I never miss an opportunity to talk about IPv6. ARIN’s IPv6 stickers were positively received and gone within minutes of placing them at the registration desk.

ARIN is not a stranger to Puerto Rico, having hosted our Public Policy and Members Meeting there in 2007 and 2011. I was also pleased to see Jose R. de la Cruz, a fellow from our recent ARIN 36 meeting in Montreal. He said his experience was so positive that he encouraged several of his students to apply for an upcoming meeting fellowship.

As to my presentation, perhaps most interesting to me were the questions asked. A couple of the participants wanted to know how to “sell” moving to IPv6 within their organization – the interest in growing the business beyond available IPv4 addresses and the desire to be on the whole Internet seemed to resonant well. Other questions related to curiosity about the current transfer market.

It’s always great to meet new community members. This particular opportunity afforded me some time to forge new relationships in Puerto Rico and with ISOC staff serving in this part of the ARIN region.

San Juan is definitely a hot spot on the 2016 Internet map! The city will host the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organizations (CANTO) meeting in early August and the ICANN meeting in October of this year. As a regular participant in both these events, ARIN looks forward to sharing San Juan’s warm hospitality again very soon.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the New Whois: RDAP

By Andy Newton, Chief Engineer, ARIN

In the summer of 2015, you may have heard about a new service ARIN was rolling out called the Registration Data Access Protocol, or RDAP. Perhaps you understood that it was intended to be a successor to the Whois protocol, but you weren’t clear on the specifics. Maybe you weren’t even aware of the need for a replacement. And come on, what really makes RDAP better than Whois? The answer is a lot and if you’re not using it by now, you should be.

Let’s start with some background: for many years, Whois was the gold standard when it came to querying resource registration data from the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) and Domain Name Registries (DNRs). However, Whois was not without its limitations, the first being that Whois is a text-based protocol. In layman’s terms, this means that it’s difficult for computers to interpret the meaning of the results. Second, Whois utilizes a specialized protocol and port, meaning that numerous firewalls could block it, rendering it unusable in many places. Lastly, its response data objects may not be translated into languages other than English, which is a hindrance for obvious reasons. Whois also doesn’t define queries or responses, so interaction with different DNRs and RIRs can vary significantly and in unique ways.

To address these increasingly problematic issues, RDAP was developed. Like Whois, RDAP is a directory service for Internet number resources, but it offers numerous advantages over the aging Whois protocol.

To begin with, RDAP uses Representational State Transfer (RESTful) web technologies to make access to registration data as robust as possible. These are the same set of technologies used by modern Internet services such as Twitter, Facebook, Google, Amazon, and more. Additionally, RDAP’s response data objects are easily translated into languages other than English, and it can offer direct referrals to other RIRs when necessary.

In addition to these perks, one of the other main advantages of RDAP is query bootstrapping. Query bootstrapping is the process of determining where an initial query should be sent, whether that’s an RIR or DNR. This process tends to be time-consuming, so ARIN offers its own bootstrapping service to make RDAP queries as fast as possible. This bootstrap service preloads and indexes all the necessary information, so all you need to do is send an RDAP query to the bootstrapping service, and ARIN will redirect the query to the appropriate place.


Should you wish to operate your own bootstrap server, ARIN’s is open source and available via GitHub. ARIN has also developed NicInfo, a smart, command-line RDAP client. NicInfo will attempt to determine the most appropriate RDAP server to query and follow redirects to other RDAP servers as needed.

If all of this isn’t enough to convince you to start using RDAP, keep in mind that RDAP has a very bright future ahead. Some promising trends include all five RIRs having an RDAP server now, several DNRs beginning to deploy it (such as Nic.BR and CNNIC), VeriSign prototyping tiered access to Whois data via RDAP, and finally, ARIN looking into putting Routing Policy Specification Language into RDAP.

By now it should be plain to see that RDAP holds plenty of advantages over Whois, both currently and in the future. So are you ready to start using RDAP? There are a couple ways to get started:

  • To query ARIN’s RDAP service using our bootstrap service, use https://rdap.arin.net/bootstrap/
  • If you want to query without using our bootstrap service, use https://rdap.arin.net/registry/

If you need help, the RDAP page on the ARIN website provides more information on how to correctly configure your searches. You can also view related RFCs.

If you have more questions about RDAP, subscribe and post to the ARIN Tech Discuss mailing list, or check out the archives to see if your question has already been answered.

Get6 with ARIN by Your Side

By Kim Kelly, Communications Writer, ARIN

It’s no secret that we’ve been touting IPv6 as your connection to the “Whole Internet” for a while now. In fact, we’ve been shouting from the rooftops for years that it’s time for you to Get6. Along the way, you’ve asked us some great questions like what exactly IPv6 is, how it differs from IPv4, what the advantages are, and even how you can deploy it (that last one is music to our ears!). But now we have a question for you: have you actually taken that final step of joining us on the Whole Internet yet?

If you haven’t, maybe you’re still feeling a little unsure about where to begin. You know you need some more training and understanding – and maybe even a little collaboration with others who have made the journey – but you’re not sure where to find those resources. Look no more! We’re proud to introduce you to one of ARIN’s most powerful tools that you may not be aware of yet: the IPv6 wiki.

ARIN IPv6 WikiARIN is always looking for ways to assist the community by providing education and outreach on migration to IPv6, and this wiki provides just that. This site includes people just like you recommending best practices, sharing success stories, detailing case studies, and providing general information on using IPv6 in the ARIN region. The goal of the wiki is to take advantage of the incredible amount of collective knowledge in the ARIN community and put it to work for you.

In addition to the resources mentioned above, we’ve also developed a listing of trainers and consultants as well as a listing of providers who offer IPv6 services to aid you in the switch to IPv6. You can find the listing of hosting providers and trainers and consultants on our wiki.

Want to be listed as a hosting provider or trainer? Anyone can add to the wiki! Just send your name, preferred user name, and preferred email address (if different than the one you’re sending from) to webmaster@arin.net. Your account will be created within one business day and an email will be generated and sent to the email you provided asking you to set up your own password for your account. Once you have an account, you can add yourself to either listing. Now you’re ready to help others Get6!

If you’d prefer to spread the IPv6 word another way, we’re always on the lookout for guest bloggers and forward thinkers. Leave us a comment if you’re interested in contributing!