Policy development

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

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

To reach 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).

The Policy Manual is the public document that includes all the policies that have been implemented in our region and that determine how LACNIC must manage the 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 2021)

    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.

  • Ariel Weher, Argentina (term expires in Public Policy Forum 2020)

    Ariel Weher is a technology and telecommunications professional.

    His work:

    Ariel Wehler lives in Argentina, where he works as Senior Network Systems Administrator. 
    He also provides consulting services to many companies which operate in a wide array of markets in Latin America and the Caribbean. 
    He has been an Open Source user and evangelist for 20 years and tries to remain at the forefront of new technologies, standards and protocols.

    Participation in the community:

    Ariel Wehler has been participating in open projects and events organized by LACNIC since 2010.
    Since 2014, he is part of the group of instructors for the IPv6 tutorials at LACNIC events.
    He is currently a member of the LACNOG board and has been reelected by the community to serve a second term.
    He is chair of Best Current Operating Practices (BCOP) at LACNOG.
    He is a member of the board of the Argentine Network Operators Group (arNOG).


  • 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)