[Community-Discuss] Blog: A Comprehensive audit of the AFRINIC WHOIS Database

Owen DeLong owen at delong.com
Tue Feb 16 00:03:16 UTC 2021

> On Feb 15, 2021, at 15:55 , Ronald F. Guilmette <rfg at tristatelogic.com> wrote:


> In message <E7481315-38B0-4A14-87CD-1D1FB9E8654A at delong.com>,

> Owen DeLong <owen at delong.com> wrote:


>> RIRs register addresses for uniqueness, not merely for internet routing.


> See RFC1918 for further information.


RFC1918 provides private address space for applications where uniqueness is not required.

There are applications where uniqueness is necessary without connection to the public internet.

Long standing RIR policy specifically calls these applications out as legitimate in multiple regions.
(I’m not sure about AFRINIC, TBH, I’d have to review the CPM to look for it).

RIRs register addresses for uniqueness, not necessarily for use on the public internet.


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