RIR Governance Matrix

The five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) operate within robust governance frameworks that ensure effectiveness of their corporate structures, transparency of processes, and accountability to members and communities. These frameworks vary across the five RIRs, according to legal requirements and regional policies, but all are transparently accessible and publicly documented.

This matrix provides a comparative overview of the governance frameworks of the RIRs, and serves as a reference for the global Internet community. It provides a structured view of various aspects of RIR governance, with links to source documents on the respective websites of the RIRs.

This is a public document that will be reviewed and revised annually, or as needed.

  1. RIR Bylaws and Operational Documents
  2. Regional Policy Development Processes
  3. RIR Boards Structure
  4. Contractual Relationship with Members
  5. Terms and Conditions for Internet Number Resources
  6. Terms and Conditions for Historical Resources
  7. Due Diligence and Resource Maintenance
  8. Auditing of Internet Number Resource Registration Records
  9. Number Resource Dispute Resolution
  10. Deregistration of Internet Number Resources
  11. Use of the Database (WHOIS) and Privacy Issues
  12. Handling Requests for Information by Law Enforcement Authorities
  13. Security Management and External Auditing
  14. Budget and Activity Planning
  15. Decision-making Process for Operational Documents – Budget – Activity Plan – Fees

Last Review March 2017

1. RIR Bylaws and Operational Documents

RIR Document
AFRINIC AFRINIC Bylaws
AFRINIC Membership fees
Billing Policy
APNIC APNIC By-laws
Articles of Association
Memorandum of Association
ARIN By-Laws of American Registry for Internet Numbers, LTD.
Articles of Incorporation w/Amendments
ARIN Fee Structure
LACNIC LACNIC Creation Agreement
Statute
RIPE NCC RIPE NCC Articles of Association
Charging Scheme
Clearing House Procedure
Treasury Statute

2. Regional Policy Development Processes

RIR Document
AFRINIC Policy Development Process in AFRINIC Service Region
APNIC Policy Development Process
Document Editorial Policy
ARIN ARIN Policy Development Process
Policy Development Process Standards of Behavior
LACNIC LACNIC´s Policy Development Process
RIPE NCC Policy Development Process in RIPE

3. RIR Boards Structure

RIR Document
AFRINIC Board of Directors
Appointment of Directors
Board of Directors (BoD) Election Process
Removal of Directors
APNIC About the APNIC Executive Council > Composition
ARIN Board of Trustees
Meetings
Requirements and Responsibilities
ARIN Committees and Working Groups
LACNIC Process and Requirements for Board elections
RIPE NCC RIPE NCC Executive Board – Nomination, Appointment, Term, Dismissal
RIPE NCC Executive Board – Functions and Expectations

4. Contractual Relationship with Members

RIR Document
AFRINIC For Resource Members: AFRINIC Service Agreement
For Associate Members: AFRINIC Associate Member Agreement
AFRINIC Service Level Commitment
APNIC Standard APNIC Membership Agreement
ARIN Registration Services (RSA)
Legacy Registration Services Agreement (LRSA)
LACNIC General Information about LACNIC´s Membership
How to become a member of LACNIC?
Membership Categories
Membership Costs
Benefits of becoming a member
RIPE NCC RIPE NCC Standard Service Agreement

5. Terms and Conditions for Internet Number Resources

RIR Resource Recipient
Document
AFRINIC AFRINIC Members AFRINIC Service Agreement
APNIC APNIC Members Standard APNIC Membership Agreement
APNIC Member Fee Schedule
APNIC Non-Members Standard APNIC Non-Member Agreement
APNIC Non-Member Fee Schedule
ARIN ARIN Members/ARIN Non-Members Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)Registration Services (RSA)
LACNIC LACNIC Members Documents for the Registration Service
RIPE NCC RIPE NCC Members Standard Service Agreement
Non RIPE NCC members (End Users) through a RIPE NCC member (sponsoring LIRs) Requirements: End User Assignment Agreement

6. Terms and Conditions for Historical Resources

RIR Relationship of Resource Holder with the RIR Document
AFRINIC Although there is no contractual relationship and obligation between legacy resources holders and AFRINIC, legacy resources holders still benefit from AFRINIC registry service support such as WHOIS, reverse DNS and the Internet Routing Registry ( http://www.afrinic.net/en/services/rs/legacy-resources-holders) N/A
APNIC Direct non-membership agreement between Legacy Resource Holders and APNIC APNIC Non-Members Agreement
ARIN Legacy Internet Number Resource Holder that has elected to enter into a contract with ARIN Legacy Registration Services Agreement
LACNIC Internet Number Resource Holder is a LACNIC Member Resource holders – Registration Service Agreement
Internet Number Resource Holder has a contract with a member of LACNIC N/A
Direct non-membership agreement between the Legacy Resources Internet number Resource Holder and LACNIC Legacy Resources
RIPE NCC Legacy Internet Resource Holder is a RIPE NCC Member RIPE NCC Services for Legacy Internet Resources of RIPE NCC Members Terms and Conditions
Legacy Internet Resource Holder has a contract with a RIPE NCC Member (sponsoring LIR) Terms and conditions required for RIPE NCC Services for Legacy Internet Resources Agreement with a Sponsoring LIR
Direct non-membership agreement between the Legacy Internet Resource Holder and the RIPE NCC RIPE NCC Services for Legacy Internet Resources Agreement (Legacy Agreement)

7. Due Diligence and Resource Maintenance

RIR Type of resources Document
AFRINIC All Internet Number Resources Eligibility for resources request
Mergers, Acquisitions, Takeovers and Closures of LIR/End-User
APNIC All Internet Number Resources Becoming a Member – FAQ
Legacy Internet Number Resources Maintenance of Historical Internet Resources
Transfer of Historical Internet Resources
ARIN All Internet Number Resources Transfer Resources Mergers & Acquisition
Transfer Resources Specified Recipient
Officer Attestation
Org Recovery
Name Change
LACNIC All Internet Number Resources Documents for the Registration Service
Transfer of Resources
RIPE NCC All Internet Number Resources – Due diligence checks to organisations or natural persons before the registration of the resources Due Diligence for the Quality of the RIPE NCC Registration Data
All Internet Number Resources – Due diligence checks to organisations or natural persons to reflect changes in the registration of the resources Transfers of Internet Number Resources and Change of a Member’s Official Legal Name
Internet Number Resources distributed to End Users through a sponsoring LIR – contractual relationship changes Independent Internet Number Resources – Contractual Relationship Changes Between Sponsoring LIR and End Users
Legacy Internet Number Resources with a contract through a sponsoring LIR – contractual relationship changes Legacy Internet Resources – Contractual Relationship Changes Between Sponsoring LIR and Legacy Internet Resource Holder

8. Auditing of Internet Number Resource Registration Records

RIR Document
AFRINIC AFRINIC Whois Database Update Process
WHOIS Contact Information Update Project Report
APNIC Report form for inaccurate Whois information
ARIN Report Form for Inaccurate Whois Information
POC Validation
Internet Number Resource Fraud Reporting
LACNIC Annual Reports (including independent audits)
How to Report: Inaccurate Whois Info, POC changes and Frauds.
RIPE NCC RIPE NCC Audit Activity
RIPE NCC Report Form

9. Number Resource Dispute Resolution

RIR Document
AFRINIC AFRINIC Service Agreement (Art. 13)
APNIC Dispute Resolution Process (as set out in clauses 73-81 of the APNIC By-Laws)
ARIN ARIN Appeal Process
Dispute Resolution Process in Registration Services Agreement and Legacy Registration Services Agreement
LACNIC See article 11 at LACNIC Registration Service Agreement
RIPE NCC RIPE NCC Conflict Arbitration Procedure (excluding resources held by End Users through a sponsoring LIR)

10. Deregistration of Internet Number Resources

RIR Document
AFRINIC AFRINIC Service Agreement (Art. 11.e) (Art. 5.c)
APNIC Standard APNIC Membership Agreement (section 2.2b)
ARIN Revocation and Reinstatement Process
Reclamation of resources (see Fraud Reporting above)
LACNIC Revocation of LACNIC Number Resources
RIPE NCC RIPE NCC Closure of Member, Deregistration of Internet Number Resources, and Legacy Internet Number Resources

11. Use of the (Whois) Database and Privacy Issues

RIR Document
AFRINIC Protecting your data in the AFRINIC Database
Privacy Policy Statement
AFRINIC Bulk WHOIS acceptable term and conditions
APNIC Whois Bulk Access Acceptable Use Policy
Whois Bulk Access Acceptable Use Agreement
APNIC Privacy Policy and Statement
ARIN Whois Terms of Use
BULK Whois Agreement and Terms of Use
Whowas Terms of Use
Non Disclosure Agreement
Privacy Statement
LACNIC General Information about LACNIC Whois
LACNIC Whois Database
RIPE NCC RIPE Database Terms and Conditions
Acceptable Use Policy
RIPE NCC Privacy statement
Procedure for the Removal of Personal Contact Details from the RIPE Database
RIPE NCC Data Protection Report
Protecting Your Data in the RIPE Database

12. Handling Requests for Information by Law Enforcement Authorities

RIR Document
AFRINIC Handling requests for information from LEAs (under approval)
APNIC Handling requests for information from LEAs
ARIN Announcement regarding Unauthorized Changes and engagement of Law Enforcement Agencies
LACNIC Request for information by Law Enforcement Authorities are responded after a contact for abuse
Projects directed to Law Enforcement Authorities among others
RIPE NCC Handling Requests for Information, Orders and Investigations from Law Enforcement Agencies
Transparency Report

13. Security Management and External Auditing

RIR Document
AFRINIC External Audit Report for 2013
APNIC APNIC ISO 9001 Certification
External Audit Report for 2013
ARIN Registration Services Audit ReportsAnnual Reports
LACNIC Annual Reports (including independent audits)
ISO9001 Certificate
RIPE NCC Financial Reports – for 2013 in the Annual Report 2013
Responsible disclosure policy

14. Budget and Activity Planning

RIR Document
AFRINIC Annual Reports
AFRINIC Budgeting Key Steps
APNIC APNIC Annual Reports
Budget and Activity Plan
ARIN Annual Reports
Current Budget
LACNIC Annual Reports
Annual Budgets
RIPE NCC Annual Reports
Budgets
Activity Plans

15. Decision-making Process for Operational Documents – Budget – Activity Plan – Fees.

RIR Resource Recipient
Document
AFRINIC AFRINIC Budgeting Key Steps AFRINIC Budgeting Key Steps
Funding Funding
APNIC Budget – Activity Plan About the APNIC Executive Council > Budget and Activity Plan Approval
ARIN Planning – Budgeting Annual Strategic Planning and Budgeting
LACNIC Decision Making Process and Requirements for Board elections
RIPE NCC Operational Documents Adoption Process for the RIPE NCC Governance Documents
Budget – Activity Plan Budget and Activity Plan Approval
Fees Charging Scheme Approval

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