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ARIN Acronym Guide

BGP. CIDR. NRO. NRPM. SWIP. These are just a few of the acronyms commonly used by members of the Internet and ARIN communi­ties. So what do all these combinations of letters mean? This Acro­nym Guide spells out some of the most frequently used terms.

Internet Community Organization Names
Abbr Meaning

AFRINIC

African Network Information Centre

AGWG

ARIN Government Working Group

APNIC

Asia Pacific Network Information Centre

ARIN 

American Registry for Internet Numbers

ARPA

Advanced Research Projects Agency

ASO

Address Supporting Organization

ASO AC

ASO Address Council

CANTO

Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organizations

CITEL

Inter-American Telecommunication Commission

CTU

Caribbean Telecommunications Union

IAB

Internet Architecture Board

IANA

Internet Assigned Numbers Authority

ICANN

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

ICANN GAC

ICANN Government Advisory Committee

IEPG

Internet Engineering and Planning Group

IESG

Internet Engineering Steering Group

IETF

Internet Engineering Task Force

IGF

Internet Governance Forum

ISOC

Internet Society

ITAC

Internet Technical Advisory Committee

ITU

International Telecommunication Union

ITU-T

ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector

LACNIC

Latin American and Caribbean Internet Address Registry

NANOG

North American Network Operators' Group

NAv6TF

North American IPv6 Task Force

NRO

Number Resource Organization

NRO EC

NRO Executive Council

NRO NC

NRO Number Council

OECD

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

RIPE

Réseaux IP Européens

RIPE NCC

RIPE Network Coordination Centre

WCIT

World Conference on International Telecommunications

WGIG

Working Group on Internet Governance

WSIS

World Summit on the Information Society

WTSA

World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly

WTFP

World Telecommunications Policy Forum

Terms with Specific ARIN or RIR Usage
Abbr Meaning

AC

Advisory Council

AUP

Acceptable Use Policy

BoT

Board of Trustees

CMSD

Communications and Member Services Department

DMR

Designated Member Representative

ENG

Engineering Department

ERX

Early Registration Transfer Project

FSD

Financial Services Department

GMIGS

General Member in Good Standing

IR

Internet Registry

ISP

Internet Service Provider

LIR

Local Internet Registry

MoU

Memorandum of Understanding

NDA

Nondisclosure Agreement

NIR

National Internet Registry

NRPM

Number Resource Policy Manual

ORG ID

Organization Identifier

PDP

Policy Development Process

POC

Point of Contact

PPML

Public Policy Mailing List

RFC

Request for Comment

RIR

Regional Internet Registry

RSA

Registration Services Agreement

RSD

Registration Services Department

STLS

Specified Transfer Listing Service

WG

Working Group

Technical Terms
Abbr Meaning

AS

Autonomous System

ASN

Autonomous System Number

BGP

Border Gateway Protocol

CA

Cryptographic Authentication

CIDR

Classless Inter-Domain Routing

CPS

Certification Practices Statement

CRISP

Cross Registry Information Service Protocol

DNS

Domain Name System

DNSSEC

Domain Name System Security

ICMP

Internet Control Message Protocol

IN-ADDR

Inverse Addressing

IP

Internet Protocol

IPv4

Internet Protocol version 4

IPv6

Internet Protocol version 6

IRIS

Internet Registry Information Services

IRR

Internet Routing Registry

IXP

Internet Exchange Point

LAN

Local Area Network

LSN

Large-Scale NAT

NAT-PT

Network Address Translation - Protocol Translation

NIC

Network Information Center

NOC

Network Operations Center

PA

Provider Aggregatable

PGP

Pretty Good Privacy

PI

Provider Independent

ROA

Route Origin Authorization

Reg-RWS

Registration RESTful Web Service

REST

Representational State Transfer

RPKI

Resource Public Key Infrastructure

RPSL

Routing Policy Specification Language

RWhois

Referral WHOIS

SSL

Secure Socket Layer

SWIP

Shared WHOIS Project

TCP

Transport Control Protocol

UDP

User Datagram Protocol

ULA

Unique Local Address

VLSM

Variable Length Subnet Mask

WAN

Wide Area Network

Whois-RWS

Whois RESTful Web Service

XML

Extensible Markup Language

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