Lowering Legal Barriers to RPKI Adoption

35 Pages Posted: 2 Jan 2019 Last revised: 9 Jan 2019

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Christopher S. Yoo

University of Pennsylvania Law School; University of Pennsylvania - Annenberg School for Communication; University of Pennsylvania - School of Engineering and Applied Science

David A. Wishnick

University of Pennsylvania - Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition

Date Written: January 8, 2019

Abstract

Across the Internet, mistaken and malicious routing announcements impose significant costs on users and network operators. To make routing announcements more reliable and secure, Internet coordination bodies have encouraged network operators to adopt the Resource Public Key Infrastructure (“RPKI”) framework. Despite this encouragement, RPKI’s adoption rates are low, especially in North America.

This report presents the results of a year-long investigation into the hypothesis—widespread within the network operator community—that legal issues pose barriers to RPKI adoption and are one cause of the disparities between North America and other regions of the world. On the basis of interviews and analysis of the legal framework governing RPKI, the report evaluates the issues raised by community members and proposes a number of strategies to reduce or circumvent the barriers that are material. The report also describes substantial action taken this year by the American Registry for Internet Numbers (“ARIN”) and other private organizations in light of public dialogue about RPKI.

Suggested Citation

Yoo, Christopher S. and Wishnick, David, Lowering Legal Barriers to RPKI Adoption (January 8, 2019). U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 19-02. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3308619 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3308619

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University of Pennsylvania - Annenberg School for Communication ( email )

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University of Pennsylvania - School of Engineering and Applied Science ( email )

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David Wishnick

University of Pennsylvania - Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition ( email )

Philadelphia, PA
United States

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