Meeting of the ARIN Board of Trustees

Wednesday, 05 April 2017
New Orleans, LA



  • Paul Andersen, Chair
  • Aaron Hughes, Vice Chair
  • John Curran, President & CEO
  • Timothy Denton, Secretary
  • Patrick Gilmore, Trustee
  • Merike Kaeo, Trustee
  • Bill Sandiford, Treasurer
  • Bill Woodcock, Trustee


  • Nate Davis

ARIN Staff:

  • Nate Davis, COO

ARIN Counsel:

  • Stephen M. Ryan, Esq


  • Bill Woodcock, Trustee

1. Welcome & Agenda Review

The Chair called the meeting to order at 8:02 a.m. CDT and welcomed everyone to the meeting.

2. Consent Agenda

  1. Approval of the January Board Minutes. (Exhibit A)
  2. 2016 ARIN Tax Compliance Annual Update. (Exhibit B - informational item)
  3. Approval of Action Taken without a Meeting. (NomCom Appointments)
    • On 08 March 2017, the ARIN Board of Trustees appointed Patrick Gilmore and Bill Sandiford as members of the 2017 Nomination Committee, noting Bill Sandiford serving as Committee Chair.
    • The ARIN Board of Trustees approved this action, with all in favor, via email.
  4. ARIN Board August Strategy Workshop Update. (Exhibit C – informational item)

It was moved by Bill Sandiford, and seconded by Aaron Hughes, that:

"The ARIN Board of Trustees approves the Consent Agenda, as presented."

The Chair called for any comments. There were no comments.

The motion carried with all in favor.

3. Legal Update

Counsel provided an attorney-client privileged brief to the Board.

4. Request to Reconsider ARIN RPKI Trust Anchor Locator (TAL)

(Exhibit D)

The President stated that he had received a request to reconsider ARIN's position on RPKI and provided a slide deck on the matter to the Board. The President explained that ARIN has made it easier to access ARIN's TAL by downloading it from ARIN's web page, where previously it was provided through e-mail after accepting the relying party's agreement terms. The four other RIRs have no similar restriction on access to their TALs. 

The President stated that ARIN received an e-mail from Job Snijders, of the RIPE region, who believes that ARIN is making it harder to deploy RPKI.  Mr. Snijders noted that there are technical tools that assist with deploying RPKI, but ARIN's policy prevents inclusion of its TAL into those tools, and furthermore requires that organizations to conduct legal review before using the ARIN TAL.  He requested that the President ask the Board to review the Mr. Snijders' request to reconsider its TAL policy, and simplify access to it.

Aaron Hughes requested asking Mr. Snijders more specifically how his activities, including developing RPKI tools, were being impacted; and, asking him whether there was a certain time by which he needed this resolved.  Patrick Gilmore noted that staff had referred to previous risk assessments that had been provided as it relates to RPKI and asked if a copy of that work could be provided as it was discussed prior to his joining the Board. The President agreed to send Patrick pointers to the previous Board materials on this matter, for his reference. The President summarized the issue stating that, specifically, it is important that parties using its RPKI services are cognizant of the applicable terms of use, and this is not possible if the TAL is directly embedded in other software.

The Chair noted that there was not sufficient time to discuss the matter, and he requested it be discussed at a future meeting. The Chair also requested the President to relay to Mr. Snijders that the matter is under active consideration. The President agreed to do so, and to research the matter further as well as ask Mr. Snijders about whether this is impacting him from developing tools in this area.

5. Trustees Code of Conduct

The President stated that based upon recent discussions of the Board, he and General Counsel will craft a draft Trustee's Code of Conduct for consideration at the Board's meeting in August.

6. Any Other Business

The Chair called for any other business. There were no comments.

7. Adjournment

The Chair entertained a motion to adjourn at 9:44 a.m. CDT. The meeting was adjourned with no objections.