Meet your 3 ARIN Region CRISP Team Members

Meet your 3 ARIN Region CRISP Team Members

If you’ve been involved in the Internet community for any length of time, then you know we can’t speak more than a couple minutes without dropping 1 or 2 (or 10) acronyms at a time. Well, here’s one more to add to the alphabet soup – the CRISP team, short for the Consolidated RIR IANA Stewardship Proposal (CRISP) team.

The CRISP team was established by the five RIRs (there we go again, the Regional Internet Registries) to develop a single proposal on behalf of the numbers community for the IANA Stewardship Transition to the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG). Each of the global numbers, protocol, and names communities are tasked with presenting unified proposals, and the CRISP team will be facilitating the process for the IP addressing community.

Meet the 3 representatives on the CRISP team from the ARIN region as they introduce themselves to you:

Bill WoodcockBill Woodcock

President and Research Director at Packet Clearing House

In addition to his seat on the ARIN Board of Trustees, Bill Woodcock is the Executive Director of Packet Clearing House, the international non-governmental organization that builds and supports critical Internet infrastructure, including Internet exchange points and the core of the domain name system. Since entering the Internet industry in 1985, Bill has helped establish more than two hundred Internet exchange points; was one of the developers of the anycast routing technique that now protects the domain name system; was one of the principal drivers of California 17538.4, the world’s first anti-spam legislation; and was principal author of the Multicast DNS and Operator Requirements of Infrastructure Management Methods IETF drafts.

He co-founded INOC-DBA, the security-coordination hotline system that interconnects the network operations centers of more than three thousand ISPs around the world. And in 2007, Bill was one of the two NSP-Sec international liaisons in the Estonian CERT during the Russian cyber-attack.  Bill has been working on the IANA oversight transition issue since 2004, when he began pressuring NTIA to allow ICANN to DNSSEC-sign the root zone, and found considerable opposition for non-technical reasons.

John SweetingJohn Sweeting

Sr. Director, Network Architecture & Engineering at Time Warner Cable

John Sweeting is the Sr. Director, Network Architecture & Engineering at Time Warner Cable, working out of their Herndon, VA office.  His team is responsible for engineering of the Time Warner Cable backbone and providing standards, documentation, and guidance for the regional networks. John has over 25 years of experience in engineering networks. Previous to Time Warner Cable he worked for international carriers, MCI, Cable & Wireless and Teleglobe (Tata Communications) building out global IP networks. John previously served on the ARIN Advisory Council (AC) from 2000 - 2005. He rejoined the ARIN AC in 2008 and has served as the AC Chair for the past 3 years. He was reelected in 2011 and his current term expires 31 December 2014.

My interest in serving on the CRISP team originates from my years serving on the ARIN advisory council. I have had an interest in the management of Internet Number resources since my first involvement with ARIN over 16 years ago. I view the transition of the IANA functions oversight as it relates to this topic as a very logical and timely next step in the evolution of the Internet. My experience as a member of the advisory council, most recently as the Chair, provides me with a unique insight into working with the community to develop a solid proposal for the transition.

Michael AbejuelaMichael Abejuela

Associate General Counsel at ARIN

Michael Abejuela is ARIN’s in-house legal counsel and has been with ARIN for over four years.  He has practiced law for over ten years, and from the beginning of his legal career, has worked on various Internet law issues including CAN-SPAM Act litigation, UDRP disputes, online copyright/trademark infringement, online business consulting and contracts. Since coming to ARIN, he has counseled the organization on a variety of corporate legal matters and supported both the ARIN Board of Trustees and Advisory Council as well as ARIN executive management and staff.

I am excited to be working as the ARIN staff representative with the CRISP team on this critical issue of IANA stewardship oversight transition.  I look forward to supporting our ARIN region community representatives as we participate in the development of the IANA stewardship transition proposal from the global IP addressing community. My work with ARIN, specifically engagement with the ARIN community and our bottom up, consensus driven policy development process, has provided me with the ability to ensure the incorporation and consideration of valuable community feedback in the preparation of the transition proposal to be submitted to the ICG.

The CRISP team will be communicating via a public mailing list - - Subscribe to join in the conversations about this important transition.  If you’d like to learn more about the process, the Number Resource Organization (NRO), representing the five RIRs, has more information on the CRISP Team that will be diligently working on the IANA Stewardship transition proposal to present to the ICG by 15 January 2015 on behalf of the numbers community.

Post written by:

Jennifer Bly
External Relations Manager

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