[Community-Discuss] Issue with non-AFRINIC Fellowship to Meeting -

Owen DeLong owen at delong.com
Wed Dec 19 03:19:10 UTC 2018

It is the reported class which is the main sticking point here. Anyone who has worked for a large organization with a complex network will see the obvious opportunity for abuse here. 

Without that category in the proposed policy, AfriNIC has the discretion to follow up on a report if the find it credible. The proposed policy would shift that to a burden for AfriNIC to disprove the credibility of any report they declined to investigate. 

That’s a major change and one which the proponents have made it quite clear they intend to use as a tool to attack certain resource members. (I’ll note at least one opponent has expressed the possibility of using that same tool against a proponent should this proposal become policy). 

When I initially expressed some support for this proposal, either it lacked this provision or I had not fully understood the implications of it. Coming to understand that was a major factor in my switch to strong opposition. The blatant expression of the proponents of their intent to use this as a tool to force AfriNIC to attack certain organizations on their behalf was another major factor. 

Now the proponents will claim that an audit is not an attack, but the reality is that absent substantial evidence of wrongdoing, such a review of a network of any significant size and/or complexity is a costly and time-consuming process. 

I’ve done these types of reviews for organizations internally as a consultant, so I know first hand what kind of resources and how long they can take. Please believe me when I say that it is non-trivial and that the cost scales non-linearly with the size and complexity of the network. 


> On Dec 18, 2018, at 12:37, Benjamin Eshun <benjamin.eshun at gmail.com> wrote:
> Jackson,
> Just a simple question.
>> On Tue, Dec 18, 2018 at 11:16 AM Jackson Muthili <jacksonmuthi at gmail.com> wrote:
>> A policy that incites or stimulates divisiveness, targeting and
>> victimizing is very, very bad.
> How does a proposed policy that gives guidelines to AFRINIC to carry
> out audit and review of INR that it already has the mandate to carry
> out “very very bad”?
> For the avoidance of doubt, I have repeated the classes of review in
> the proposed policy.
> **  extract **
> 13.3 Classes of review: Members to be reviewed shall be selected
> according to the following classes:
> 13.3.1 Random
> The member is chosen by AFRINIC at random between the membership.
> 13.3.2 Selected
> Member is selected because of an internal report or due to a lack of
> contact between the AFRINIC and the member.
> 13.3.3 Reported: Here, members are reviewed either because:
> A) They have requested the review themselves or
> B) There has been a community complaint made against them that
> warrants investigation. Complaints shall be backed by evidence and
> AFRINIC staff shall evaluate the facts as appropriate to conduct the
> review. However this review is not applicable to a member  with the
> same resources portfolio on which a full review has been completed in
> the preceding 24 months.
> AFRINIC staff may, at its sole discretion, after having assessed the
> nature of the evidence found in the community complaint, require that
> such evidence be (i) submitted in the form of a sworn affidavit or
> (ii) declared to be true before a Commissioner of Oath.
> *end of extract ***
> Unless if you want to suggest that AFRINIC should be stripped of its
> responsibility to randomly review any memberships, stripped off its
> powers to investigate a member that has stopped communicating, and
> stripped off its powers to listen to complaints from  the community
> and its members in general.
> I know that we are all noble people and that we have the very best
> intentions for the community, but simply put AFRINIC cannot be just
> left to the good intensions of the community and members.
> Benjamin
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