[Community-Discuss] Raising concerns

Andrew Alston Andrew.Alston at liquidtelecom.com
Thu Jun 28 19:04:29 UTC 2018


I refer you to this as one example which was seen on the RPD list – and similar has been seen on this list – I’ll go and dig it all out if need be – but my statements stand across all lists:


Because that email then refers to an HTML attachment – which is very difficult to read – the rough translation of the last paragraph of that email (thanks google translate) said the following:

If we want to develop, we real Africans must rather fight against the yoke of the companies you mentioned. And I think that for all my brothers supporting your remarks, I could only remember those words of SAMORA MACHEL. "The day you hear the whites talking about me well, that day, do not share your secrets with me anymore, because that would mean that I would have betrayed you already."

That – is what I am referring to.


From: "Marcus K. G. Adomey" <madomey at hotmail.com>
Date: Wednesday, 27 June 2018 at 18:50
To: Arnaud AMELINA <amelnaud at gmail.com>, Andrew Alston <Andrew.Alston at liquidtelecom.com>
Cc: "community-discuss at afrinic.net" <community-discuss at afrinic.net>
Subject: Re: [Community-Discuss] Raising concerns

> at times even blatant racism that occurs on this list -
Your statement above must be backed up with facts.
This is a serious matter and I called on board to deal with such an accusation with immediate and utmost urgency!


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From: Andrew Alston <Andrew.Alston at liquidtelecom.com>
Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 2:41:55 AM
To: Arnaud AMELINA
Cc: community-discuss at afrinic.net
Subject: Re: [Community-Discuss] Raising concerns


To be frank - there are many lists that Afrinic is discussed on - NAP is one of them - because it contains a few hundred afrinic members - but it is not an “afrinic discussion list” in any way shape or form - it is an internet exchange list for members of a particular exchange - just happens that sometimes Afrinic matters come up there.

Quite frankly - I see it on many lists - people would rather discuss on other lists where they are not confronted with the vitriol and accusations and at times even blatant racism that occurs on this list - and they are free to do so.

This list is not exactly the most... welcoming to people who come here - the moment anyone posts a disagreement it gets personal and is full of ad hominem attacks and personalization, so, if we don’t want segments of this community taking their issues off list - then this list needs to be a lot less hostile.

And yes - I still oppose the review policy - because I still believe that the RSA covers what it needs to - and we do not need anything more - nor do I see a point in anything more.  Especially something as what I still believe is wide open to attack.

The specifics of the case I referred to in your quoted email were about someone who was openly and publically spamming people with an offer in contravention of adopter policy and hence the RSA - we don’t need the review policy to deal with such


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From: Arnaud AMELINA <amelnaud at gmail.com>
Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 9:01:45 PM
To: Andrew Alston
Cc: Alan Barrett; community-discuss at afrinic.net
Subject: Re: [Community-Discuss] Raising concerns

Dear Community,

2018-06-22 8:45 GMT+00:00 Andrew Alston <Andrew.Alston at liquidtelecom.com<mailto:Andrew.Alston at liquidtelecom.com>>:

Sorry to say this - but - these questions - need to be asked and answered in front of the community - this community has a right to the answers.

Since you asked me for succinct questions though - I will ask them straight

a.) What is the board doing about the fact that the organisation cannot - by the bylaws - elect directors - and without elected directors cannot get quorum to host another AGMM - which is a ....
i.) When will we be getting a response to the outcome of the investigation promised to myself and the members of the NAP list as regards a particular sale of IP space

Hmmmm. Since when did the NAP list became a forum to discuss AFRINIC matters that the CEO commits to?  A special list for a certain community? Double standards?

Is he asking for investigation on allocated address space while he is strongly opposed to the review policy proposal?

As discussed over and over, we are reaching a stage where review of resources usage and investigation when required has become critical to AFRINIC operation

I can keep going - but I think that is sufficient for now.

Alan - if asking questions is attacking people - then there is a problem - because if questions are asked by the members and there are no problems with the answers - there is nothing to feel attacked about.  If however - you are saying that members must ask their  questions in the dark and out of sight of this community - you are again asking me to stay away from the precepts of transparency - and I cannot - and will not - do that.

The questions will continue - if not on the community list - then on the member list - if not on the members list - on other forums - I do not mind which - but - until AFRINIC is prepared to be the transparent organisation it claims to be - I will continue to ask the public questions and stand by every single one of them.



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