[discuss] structural separation example (was Re: Host country)
jcurran at istaff.org
Tue Mar 18 16:44:25 UTC 2014
On Mar 18, 2014, at 5:04 PM, David Conrad <drc at virtualized.org> wrote:
> I'm curious: given ARIN performs a registration function along with a policy definition function, do you believe there should be structural separation of those functions in ARIN/the RIRs?
I'll answer generically with respect to my views on the RIR system as a whole;
(I do not believe that the specific question you ask has come before the ARIN
Board or members so as to form an official position)
> (for the record: I don't have a strong opinion as I think both integrated and separated can be made to work with sufficient safeguards: I figure it boils down to what's most efficient)
Like you, I believe that either can work but the key phrase is "with sufficient
safeguards"... Having an clear membership structure with provides for
accountability of the organization is a safeguard, having policy development be
clearly performed by the community is another, etc.
I'd note that there really are set of functions that need to be performed:
Registry Policy Development - developing the polices for registry administration
Registry Policy Implementation - Defining processes and building systems for the
administration of particular registry policy
Registry Administration - Execution of registry processes (including requests)
Registry Operations - Technical/system operations necessary for publication.
When we talk about the RIRs, Registry Policy Development is generally done by a
community working group or body, and implementation/admin/operations handled by
RIR staff. Combine this with an accountable membership structure to help insure
faithful implementation and administration, and it's not a bad system.
I will note, however, that even accountability to membership doesn't help provide
any protection against implementation that is favorable to "industry" (those who
are direct member of the registry); i.e. in a case where civil society were to
successfully relate their (industry-adverse) needs during policy development such
that they were indeed adequately incorporated into policy, there is still no clear
recourse available against a less-than-diligent implementation, if the member-
elected leadership fails to intervene.
Disclaimer: My views alone.
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