An update on the AfriNIC situation

Owen DeLong owen at
Tue Aug 31 04:08:36 UTC 2021

> On Aug 30, 2021, at 19:06 , John Kristoff <jtk at> wrote:
> On Mon, 30 Aug 2021 16:29:48 -0700
> Owen DeLong via NANOG <nanog at> wrote:
>> Further, the registries are not engaged in the daily operations of the internet.
> Hi Owen,
> Your statement above I have to insist is simply incorrect.  In addition
> to the traditional services that are relied upon in a variety of daily
> operations (e.g. WHOIS, IRR, DNS reverse delegations), the increasingly
> important RPKI TAs/PPs services are of utmost importance in the daily
> operations of an increasing number of networks within and outside their
> region.  They are just a different kind of infrastructure service
> operator than we may be commonly thing of when it comes to network
> operations.

Yes, but those services continue even if the registry isn’t open for a couple of days.

We can agree to disagree about how useful it is to have a cryptographically signed
indication of what to prepend to your spoofing.

My point is that if an RIR itself closes for a few days, its an event that, well, happens
pretty much every weekend. After a brief time without the RIR there to make changes,
the operations performed by that RIR will almost certainly be taken up either temporarily
or permanently by the other RIRs.


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