New netblock Geolocate wrong (Google)
Patrick W. Gilmore
patrick at ianai.net
Mon Jan 18 20:10:49 CST 2010
On Jan 18, 2010, at 8:38 PM, Steven Bellovin wrote:
> On Jan 18, 2010, at 8:22 PM, Warren Kumari wrote:
>> Something that I have often wondered is how folks would feel about publishing some sort of geo information in reverse DNS (something like LOC records, with whatever precision you like) -- this would allow the folks that geo stuff to automagically provide the best answer, and because you control the record, you can specify whatever resolution / precision you like. Based upon the sorry state of existing reverse, I'm suspecting that there is no point....
> I don't think that that works. Apart from the problem that you allude to -- people not bothering to set it up in the first place -- IP geolocation is often used for certain forms of access control and policy enforcement. For example: "Regular Season Local Live Blackout: All live, regular season games available via MLB.TV, MLB.com At Bat 2009 and certain other MLB.com subscription services are subject to local blackouts. Such live games will be blacked out in each applicable Club's home television territory, regardless of whether that Club is playing at home or away." (http://www.mlb.com/mediacenter/). EBay has apparently used IP geolocation (poorly) to control access to certain auctions for items that are illegal in certain jurisdictions or that cannot be exported.
These are just ways of satisfying lawyers & courts that you at least tried to live up to your end of the bargain (licensing, laws, etc.). Since many geo-location DBs work off SWIP records, which are obviously controlled by the user, and some even use in-addrs already for info, I don't see why it wouldn't work.
Also, this is not a silver-bullet kinda problem. Every little bit helps. If even a few % of people put LOC records into the DNS, it would help some people. The danger is not of poor uptake, it's of kruft. But that is a huge danger. Just no larger than SWIP or current in-addr.
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