Need-based and market-based Internet resource allocation

17 November 2009 - A Workshop on Critical Internet Resources in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt


The impending scarcity of IPv4 Internet addresses creates new challenges in address policy. Historically, Regional Internet Registries have relied on need-based resource allocation mechanisms, which have allowed the Internet to experience its unprecedented growth to date. But economists suggest that market-based allocation mechanisms can help manage the newly emerging scarcity. Each of the five registries is evaluating these questions, along with further complexity resulting from the matter of inter-regional transfer. This session is intended to present a variety of perspectives, including participants from each of the five regions.

Raul Echeverria of LACNIC, Geoff Huston of APNIC, Tom Vest of the RIPE NCC, Steve Ryan of ARIN, Adiel Akplogan of AfriNIC, Ben Edelman of Harvard University, and Milton Mueller of Syracuse University. Each of the co-organizers has reviewed the description and confirmed their attendance and participation, should the session be accepted. The speakers will be Geoff Huston, Steve Ryan, John Curran, Tom Vest, Ben Edelman, and Milton Mueller.

This workshop is the result of a merger with the similarly-themed workshop #149, Global Perspective on the Legal Issues Surrounding Internet Number Resources. In addition, if absolutely necessary, we could merge with Ernesto Majo's "Managing Internet Addresses: Global and regional viewpoint" although the overlap in the intended topics is very slight.

The speakers are as follows:

Panelist name: Geoff Huston
Affiliation: Asia Pacific Network Information Centre
Area of expertise: Internet number resource allocation policies, 
history, and statistics

Panelist name: Tom Vest
Affiliation: Reseaux IP Europeen (external consultant)
Area of expertise: Economic dynamics of Internet addressing and routing
Panelist name: Milton Mueller , Ph.D.
Affiliation: Syracuse University School of Information Studies; 
Technology University of Delft
Area of expertise: Internet governance, institutional economics, 
political economy of communications and information

Panelist name: Steve Ryan
Affiliation: McDermott Will & Emery
Area of expertise: Legal ramifications of Internet number resource 
allocation policies

Panelist name: Ben Edelman
Affiliation: Harvard University
Area of expertise: Arbitrage, abusive practices, and game theory in 
resource allocation

Panelist name: John Curran
Affiliation: American Registry for Internet Numbers
Area of expertise: Internet number resource allocation policy 
development and implementation