Policy development

LACNIC operates based on a self-regulation model according to which the rules or policies governing Internet resource administration are developed by the community through a public, participative and transparent process. This process is open to anyone who wishes to take part in it and is built on the achievement of consensus.

Open participation of all stakeholders ensures that these policies are in line with the interests of the Region, thus safeguarding the community as a whole. Before being presented at the forums to gain consensus, all proposals are submitted and discussed on the policy mailing list.

To be approved, a proposal must reach consensus both on the discussion list and at the forum.

A proposal may modify either the policy manual or the Policy Development Process (PDP) itself.

The policy manual is the public document that includes all the policies that have been implemented in the LACNIC region and that determine how we must manage resources.

The PDP validates the creation and modification of the policies that the RIR will apply within its region.

Chairs of Policy Development Process

  • Tomás Lynch, Argentina (term expires in Public Policy Forum 2023)

    Tomás Lynch has a degree in electronics engineering which he obtained from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a master's degree in engineering management from Florida International University, USA. Between 1997 and 2010, he worked at Impsat/Global Crossing (now Century Link) in different architecture, engineering and operational positions for the development of the backbone (IP/MPLS) of the Latin American company. During this period, he was involved with Internet architecture and its evolution from Internet to Internet2 in the region, from the first satellite links to the current submarine cables. From 2010 to 2016, he served as Solution Architect at Ericsson, developing solutions for major operators within the region involving client access to fixed and mobile IP/MPLS networks. Since 2016, he works at Telmex USA as international product manager, developing products related to IP, MPLS, SDN, and NFV for the multinational segment in Latin America. He has regularly participated in LACNIC/LACNOG meetings since 2010 and has been a member of the LACNOG Program Committee since 2014. His main topics of interest are Internet governance and development, as well as the protocols which support its operation, particularly IPv6.

  • Sergio Rojas, Paraguay (term expires in Public Policy Forum 2024)

    Sergio Rojas began his relationship with IT back in 1997 when the Internet was first deployed in his native country (Paraguay), working for some of the market's pioneer ISPs. He has also served as IT manager for a United Nations project and IT consultant for GTZ, the German Technical Cooperation Agency.

    In the past few years, he served as Head of LACNIC's Registration Service department (2009-2020), where his tasks included the administration of Internet number resources.

    He is currently one of the members of the IANA Process Review Committee in representation of the Latin American and Caribbean region, an honorary position he took on in January 2021.

Ex-Chairs

  • Ariel Weher, Argentina (2020-2022)
  • Paola Pérez, Venezuela (2017 - 2019)
  • Juan Peirano, Uruguay (2016 - 2018)
  • Alex Ojeda, Chile (2015 - 2017)
  • Carlos Plasencia, Venezuela (2014 - 2016)
  • Nicolás Antoniello, Uruguay (2009 - 2015)
  • Max Larson Henry , Haití (2010 - 2014)
  • Francisco Arias, Mexico (2008-2010)
  • Eldert Louisa, Netherlands Antilles (2009 - Interim)
  • Christian O'Flaherty, Argentina (2004-2008)
  • Germán Valdéz, México (2003)
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