[Community-Discuss] Future of AfriNIC Discussed at IWEEK 2018

Adewole Ajao dewole at tinitop.com
Wed Sep 26 21:04:18 UTC 2018

Are you deliberately trying to be funny?

Le mer. 26 sept. 2018 à 21:55, Marcus K. G. Adomey <madomey at hotmail.com> a
écrit :

> Dear Dewole,
> Thanks for your quick response.
> I find it bizarre that you did not report or bring to the attention of
> this community on what happen  during the session on AFRINIC future at WEEK
> 2018, session  you attended and  which  raised some questions in your mind,
> but was prompt to jump in with "your answers" when a request was sent to
> AFRINIC officials to inform the community as the topic is delicate.
> Marcus
> ------------------------------
> *From:* Adewole Ajao <dewole at tinitop.com>
> *Sent:* Sunday, September 23, 2018 3:07 AM
> *To:* Marcus K. G. Adomey
> *Cc:* General Discussions of AFRINIC
> *Subject:* Re: [Community-Discuss] Future of AfriNIC Discussed at IWEEK
> 2018
> Hi Marcus,
> I happened to be attending AfPIF and like most AFRINIC community members
> was curious about the session so I attended. I believe any AFRINIC staff
> that attended also did so primarily as curious community members; It
> appeared they were not invited in any official capacity (but I may be
> wrong). I did not take any notes but if memory serves me correctly, I can
> summarize as follows:
> The presenter expressed concerns about the current state of AFRINIC's
> board of Directors and the fact that a quorum of elected directors is
> required to convene an AGM, conduct elections, etc etc. He expressed
> concerns about some of his questions not being answered by the board, about
> slow processing of requests by AFRINIC staff, large IT department, travel
> budgets being expended, the PDP, and other issues he has raised in the
> past. He charged the ISPA members to be more active since they make up a
> large percentage of AFRINIC's revenue base. Others spoke of low technical
> proficiency of AFRINIC staff when evaluating requests for additional
> resources (in their own view) and requests for paperwork to justify
> resource requests. There was also talk of calling for an SGMM to deal with
> the governance(?) issues raised.
> In response, some members present declared that a better solution would be
> to assist the technical staff and help them understand their network
> designs, encourage more qualified people to run for board positions rather
> than criticize from afar, etc etc.
> I would say it was an interesting show and would encourage that more
> AFRINIC members gather in their local regions to discuss the improvement of
> the RIR and the services being offered to them. The session could have had
> a different outcome but because several people were passionate enough to
> speak their minds openly and challenge what they did not think was
> accurate, I think it was productive. I also believe that by now, the
> AFRINIC staff would already be applying the feedback received to improve
> existing processes.
> Something that makes me curious however is this: Do members in other
> regions not request resources from AFRINIC? Are others not suffering poor
> services or do they just keep quiet about it?
> I know the response to my next question will be that some of the stats are
> available at https://www.afrinic.net/en/services/statistics using data
> from ftp://ftp.afrinic.net/pub/stats/afrinic but I think it would be
> useful for those of us with limited technical capacity if the AFRINIC IT
> team could provide a web page that shows:
> Political map of Africa and Indian Ocean region with
> - Number of new member allocation/assignment requests this month
> - Number of additional resource requests this month
> - Number of technical support tickets created this month
> - Number of technical support tickets resolved this month
> - Any other visualizations that we think could be useful to make those
> statistics more useful to the rest of us. Not bar graphs and line charts,
> please!
> Ideally, a visitor should be able to change the timeframe to reflect a
> specific day, week, month, year, etc. We could even throw in a heat map for
> existing membership numbers and resource allocation/assignments. The
> intention is not to polarize the community further but to help everyone
> (regardless of their technical capability and where they are) appreciate
> the services being offered by the RIR.
> Okay it's time for you all to go to my paypal donate link for the iWeek
> reporting service I just offered :-p
> Have a productive week ahead!
> Regards,
> Dewole.
> On Sat, Sep 22, 2018 at 6:15 PM Marcus K. G. Adomey <madomey at hotmail.com>
> wrote:
> Hello,
> There was a session at IWEEK 2018 on AFRINiC future. A session requested
> by ISPA members to discuss AFRINIC future [1]
> Can AFRINIC officials who attended the session tell us what transpired
> from the session?
> Why is AFRINIC future so important for ISPA members to demand a session on
> the topic at IWEEK?
> Thanks
> Marcus
> [1] https <https://iweek.org.za/session/the-future-of-afrinic/>://
> <https://iweek.org.za/session/the-future-of-afrinic/>iweek.org.za
> <https://iweek.org.za/session/the-future-of-afrinic/>/session/
> <https://iweek.org.za/session/the-future-of-afrinic/>the-future-of-afrinic
> <https://iweek.org.za/session/the-future-of-afrinic/>/
> <https://iweek.org.za/session/the-future-of-afrinic/>
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