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Member Update: March 2024

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1. Organisational Update

RIPE NCC Billing Reminder

If you have not yet paid your 2024 invoice, please do so as soon as possible and reach out to us if you have any questions about the Billing Procedure. You can find your invoice via the LIR Portal. We will contact all LIRs with unpaid invoices later this week.

Mandatory Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication (2FA) will become mandatory on RIPE NCC Access accounts on Wednesday, 27 March. If you have not already done so, enable 2FA on your account.

For accounts that do not have two-factor authentication, when you try to log in from 27 March, you will be prompted to check your inbox and follow the instructions in the email sent to you by the RIPE NCC. Once you have enabled two-factor authentication, you can log in as you usually would.

We will continue to improve the security and usability of RIPE NCC Access accounts over the next few months. We welcome your feedback and suggestions on which features are the most important for you on the RIPE NCC Services Working Group mailing list.

Enhancing Email Delivery at the RIPE NCC

Since February 2024, we have been making changes to the way we deliver email to our members and community, as two of the large email providers, Google and Yahoo, have new requirements for bulk email senders that we need to comply with. On RIPE Labs, we have shared how we implemented changes to our email communications to meet these requirements.

RIPE NCC Charging Scheme 2025

On 20 March, we hosted an Open House for RIPE NCC members to provide input on the RIPE NCC Charging Scheme 2025. You can watch a recording of the discussion and see the presentations. There is also a consultation page on the Charging Scheme process. If you have thoughts on the Charging Scheme, please join the conversation on the Members Discuss mailing list.

Office Hours Easter 2024

Our Amsterdam office will be closed on Friday, 29 March, and Monday, 1 April 2024, for the Easter public holidays. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, 2 April 2024 onwards.

2. Registry

LIR Stats

Number of LIRs: 21,492 (-84)

Number of members: 20,136 (+22)

LIRs with IPv6: 15,785 (-17)

IPv4 addresses transferred in February: 828,672 (-1,040,384)

LIRs on IPv4 Waiting List: 981

Wait time for IPv4 allocation: 460 days

% of IPv4 address space covered by ROAs: 67%

% of IPv6 address space covered by ROAs: 39%

ARCs completed in February: 199

Changes to Whois Email Policy

As part of the Whois 1.111 release planned for 28 March, we will make changes to comply with the new requirements for bulk email senders. To meet these requirements, we are going to support unsubscribe and mail bounce detection for Whois emails. This means that users who choose to unsubscribe from Whois will no longer receive any Whois update notifications. Mail bounce detection means that we will no longer send emails to addresses to which our messages were undeliverable. If you wish to still receive emails from Whois, please ensure your email address is up to date.

RIPE NCC Quarterly Sanctions Transparency Report

We have published our Q1 2024 report on how RIPE NCC members, End Users and legacy resource holders are affected by sanctions.

Improving RIR Alignment in the RPKI Space

In a new article on RIPE Labs, Sofía Silva Berenguer introduces the NRO RPKI Program, which aims to help produce a more consistent and uniformly secure, resilient and reliable RPKI service for operators creating RPKI objects through more than one RIR.

3. Community and Engagement



Registration is open for RIPE 88, taking place in Krakow, Poland from 20-24 May. You can buy a ticket to attend in person or attend online for free.

Second Call for Presentations

The RIPE Programme Committee has released a second call for presentations for RIPE 88. Submit your presentation proposals by 8 April.

SEE 12 Agenda

The agenda is now available for SEE 12, taking place in Athens, Greece from 22-23 April. The meeting will feature sessions on global routing security, RPKI, insights on IPv6 deployment and IXP traffic patterns in South East Europe, and many more topics. Registration is open for the meeting.

The RIPE Labs Article Competition

The RIPE Labs Article Competition is open until 23:00 (UTC+1) on 5 April 2024. Enter to win a chance for free tickets, travel and accommodation at RIPE 88.

Community Projects Fund Call for Applications

Under the Community Projects Fund, the RIPE NCC provides up to EUR 250,000 per year to support projects of value to the operation and resilience of the Internet. The fund’s 2024 call for applications is now open. Applications must be submitted by 31 July 2024 at 23:59 (UTC).

IXPs in the Middle East Open House

On Thursday, 18 April from 08:30-09:30 UTC, the RIPE NCC will hold an Open House on our recent report, "Unlocking Digital Growth: The Role of IXPs in the Middle East." Join us at this event to discuss this report and engage with experts and peers on advancing digital infrastructure in the Middle East.

Community Projects Fund Recipients Open House

The RIPE NCC will hold two Open House sessions offering a focused update from the projects selected for the Community Projects Fund in 2023. The first session will be on 26 April 2024 from 10:00 - 11:30 CEST (08:00 - 09:30 UTC), and the second session will be on 2 May 2024, 10:00 - 11:30 CEST (08:00 - 09:30 UTC).

The RIPE Chair Team Reports - March 2024

The RIPE Chair Team’s latest report is out, featuring updates on RIPE 88 preparations, RIPE governance, such as Working Group chair selection processes, and industry events like the INEX meeting in Dublin.

Making the Case for the Multistakeholder Approach

In a new article on RIPE Labs, Chris Buckridge discusses the importance of the multistakeholder approach in Internet governance and the current threats to this system.

Internet Sanctions on Russian Media

In a new article on RIPE Labs, Moritz Müller and colleagues share their research on the varying implementation and effects of EU sanctions on Russian media.

RIPE Policy Proposals

Policy Proposal 2023-04 “Add AGGREGATED-BY-LIR status for IPv4 PA assignments'' is now in the Concluding Phase (Last Call). Send in any final comments on the proposal to the Address Policy Working Group by 9 April.

Learning and Development Update

Our courses for the month of April are open for registration. We will hold webinars on an Introduction to RPKI, IPv6 in the RIPE Database, an Introduction to IPv6, the Internet Routing Registry and IPv6 Security Myths, Filtering and Tips.

We have also added a new activity to our RIPE Database course in the Academy. The new activity goes over how to do mass updates using Syncupdates. To access this activity, sign up for the RIPE Database e-learning course.

2023 IANA Numbering Services Review Committee Report Published

The IANA Numbering Services Review Committee (IANA RC) has published the 2023 IANA Numbering Services Review Committee Report.

4. Information Services

Qasim Lone: Something’s Wrong on the Internet

In the latest episode of the RIPE Labs Podcast, the RIPE NCC’s Qasim Lone talks about strange phenomena he's investigated on the Internet and how RIPE Atlas can help researchers in the field.

NTP Pool - The Internet Timekeeper

In a new article on RIPE Labs, Giovane Moura and fellow researchers at SIDN Labs explain how the NTP Pool maps clients to NTP servers.


In a new article on RIPE Labs, Geoff Huston examines how the KeyTrap vulnerability works and just how damaging it really is.

RIPEstat User Interviews

We are working on enhancing the user experience of our RIPEstat interface. We invite our members to join us in a 40-minute one-on-one interview session to share your feedback on this service. This will just be a casual chat with no right or wrong answers. You can schedule a convenient time for this interview. If there is no slot that works for you on the calendar, please email [email protected], and we will try to arrange an additional time slot for you.

If you are unable to join us for an interview, you can fill out our survey instead.