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Title:Buying numbers: An empirical analysis of the IPv4 number market
Author(s):Mueller, Milton L.; Kuerbis, Brenden
Subject(s):IP addresses
political economy
Internet governance
information policy
information services
social computing
information systems
quantitative data analysis
Abstract:This paper discusses the emergence of a trading market for previously allocated Internet address blocks. The controversies associated with commoditization of Internet addresses, and the way this conflicts with official narratives about migration to a new Internet protocol (IPv6) makes this topic the "elephant in the room" in Internet governance circles. Drawing on RIR and Whois records, it compiles factual information about the number of address blocks that have been traded and their size as a percentage of the overall address space, the pricing of these resources and whether the traded addresses are being routed or not. The paper shows how this data bears on policy issues, such as needs assessment and property rights in IPv4 blocks.
Issue Date:2013-02
Citation Info:Mueller, M. L., & Kuerbis, B. (2013). Buying numbers: An empirical analysis of the IPv4 number market. iConference 2013 Proceedings (pp. 27-37). doi:10.9776/13129
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Rights Information:Copyright © 2013 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-01-28

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