“Do you know why spiders make great web developers? Because they’re great at finding bugs.” (We heard a lot of great jokes throughout today’s Halloween meeting, so thought we’d share one of our favorites here.)
Welcome to Austin! Today marked the official start of ARIN 44, and we’ve been off to a great start with a lot going on. For those who are unable to be here in person, it’s easy to join us remotely for tomorrow’s session. You can watch our online webcast, follow along with our live transcript, and participate through chat. Register before tomorrow so we can add you to the chat rooms. Here’s a bat’s eye view of everything that’s happened so far at ARIN 44. Happy Halloween!
A Spooky Good Time
Yesterday afternoon began with our Fellows Meet and Greet where our ARIN 44 Fellows and their mentors mingled and introduced themselves. That was followed up by an informative Newcomer Orientation. During this presentation, Leslie Nobile, Senior Director of Global Registry Knowledge, provided a short overview of ARIN, what to expect at ARIN 44, and how to participate at the meeting. Directly following the orientation, Sean Hopkins, Policy Analyst, gave his Policy Development Process (PDP) tutorial to help guide newcomers through our PDP and give them the knowledge to engage comfortably in policy discussions throughout the meeting.
Thursday morning greeted us with crisp air, hot coffee, and nice conversations before we began the first official day of the meeting. John Curran, ARIN President and CEO, presented opening announcements. Following that, John Sweeting, Senior Director of Registration Services, presented the Internet Number Resource Status Report, which is prepared by all five of the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs). Cathy Aronson, our IETF Reporter, took to the mic next to offer her crowd-pleasing IETF Activities report, which received several compliments. John Curran then opened the policy block and shared information about the Adopted IPv4 Waitlist Policy Recommendation before we dove into our next policy discussion of the meeting:
After we returned from a refreshing break, we picked up where we left off in the policy block with:
John Sweeting returned to the mic to present his Policy Implementation and Experience Report before Alicia Trotman, ARIN AC Member, presented the next Recommended Draft Policy.
Richard Jimmerson, Chief Operating Officer, offered an interesting presentation about what ARIN has been doing to promote IPv6 adoption over past few decades, and shared what we plan to do moving forward into 2020. We’re also seeking your feedback on what else we can be doing to promote IPv6. Email us your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org!
After lunch, we returned to listen as Wendy Leedy, Member Engagement Specialist, provided details about our upcoming ARIN election. Following that, we heard speeches by all our candidates for the Number Resource Organization (NRO) Number Council, ARIN Advisory Council and Board of Trustees. We were then treated to an interesting (and brand new) Board Candidate Forum. The Board of Trustees candidates sat down to answer questions posed by you, the community. Be sure to cast your vote in this very important election! Voting is now open and closes Friday, 8 November at 6:00 PM ET.
After the break, we headed into the final four draft policy discussions of the day:
- Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2019-8: Clarification of Section 4.10 for Multiple Discreet Networks
- Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2019-10: Inter-RIR M&A
- Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2019-15: Hijacking Authorization Not-Intended
- Draft Policy ARIN-2019-17: Returned Addresses to the 4.10 Reserved Pool
We followed the policy block with an Open Microphone session, before John Curran closed us out with a special toast to Susan Hamlin, Senior Communications and Member Services Director, to congratulate her on her upcoming retirement. We want to thank Susan for her nearly 20 years of service to the ARIN region and wish her a happy retirement!
If you’re interested in taking a closer look at any of the presentations we heard today, head to the ARIN 44 website. Now we’re off to the ARIN Social tonight where we will network with our fellow meeting attendees and celebrate Halloween with good music and a costume contest.
See you back here tomorrow, and don’t forget to vote!