A top-down RPKI model a threat to human freedom? (was Re: Level 3's IRR Database)

Benson Schliesser bensons at queuefull.net
Tue Feb 1 15:29:53 CST 2011


On Feb 1, 2011, at 11:14 AM, Christopher Morrow wrote:

> On Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 2:55 PM, Martin Millnert <millnert at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Here be dragons,
> <snip>
>> It should be fairly obvious, by most recently what's going on in
>> Egypt, why allowing a government to control the Internet is a Really
>> Bad Idea.
>> 
> 
> how is the egypt thing related to rPKI?
> How is the propsed rPKI work related to gov't control?

In theory at least, entities closer to the RPKI root (RIRs, IANA) could invalidate routes for any sort of policy reasons.  This might provide leverage to certain governments, perhaps even offering the ability to control routing beyond their jurisdiction.

As an example, it's imaginable that the US government could require IANA or ARIN to delegate authority to the NSA for a Canadian ISP's routes.  Feel free to replace the RIR/LIR and country names, to suit your own example.

Cheers,
-Benson






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