It's likely the most important governance issue you've never heard of. The resource public key infrastructure (RPKI) and efforts to secure the Internet's routing system could have a profound effect on the future of the internet. A new paper by the IGP attempts to broaden awareness of this issue by shedding light on the historical processes and policy issues raised by the RPKI. We explain why the RPKI has important governance implications for: 1) the autonomy of ISPs, 2) the centralization of institutional power and global compatibility, 3) the business models of the RIRs and their relationship to ICANN, and 4) the role of governments in Internet governance.

The paper's release occurs in conjunction with a workshop, Routing and Resource Certification: Self-governance and security at the core of Internet operations, at the IGF-Vilnius next week. The workshop, co-organized by the IGP and LACNIC on behalf of the NRO, will be held on Tuesday, September 14 from 9:00-11:00 EEST (6:00-8:00 UTC) in Room 5 of the LITEXPO facility. According to the Secretariat's website, remote participation options will be available. It will bring together numerous experts from the academia, government, the RIRs and elsewhere to discuss RPKI and other related policy issues that feed into broader discussion on management of critical Internet resources.

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