Worth Reading: Are more specifics harmful?

The number of more specific advertisements in the IPv4 Internet is more than 50% of all advertisements, and the comparable picture in IPv6 has more specific advertisements approaching 40% of all network advertisements. It is tempting to label this use of more specifics as part of the trashing of the Internet commons. Individual networks optimise their position by large-scale advertising of more specifics, which in turn, creates an incremental cost on all other networks in terms of increased BGP table size and increased overhead of processing BGP updates. The question I’d like to look at here is whether these more specific advertisements represent a significant imposition on everyone else, or whether they are simply unavoidable. —APNIC