[Community-Discuss] Gratitude

Frank Habicht geier at geier.ne.tz
Tue May 28 13:36:13 UTC 2019




SO stated that he had requested via email for the Board to announce the
status of the AGMM quorum court case. He stated that the Chair had
refused to do so, and the Chair had alleged that SO was looking for
votes. SO had requested the Chair to withdraw the statement. The Chair
stated that the Board had discussed the matter, and would communicate to
the community at an appropriate time; based on that the Chair did not
see a need to withdraw. SO again requested the Chair to withdraw the
allegation that SO was looking for votes, and the Chair again refused to

I conclude that the Chair actively tried to suppress information/updates
from AfriNIC membership. He apparently had no good reason and was using
the allegation of another board member "looking for votes" as only argument.

Which member of AfriNIC wants to have such a chair at the AfriNIC board?
Please identify yourselves positively.

PS: I would also wish to know which other board members supported this
decision by the chair.


On 28/05/2019 16:18, Mark Elkins wrote:
> Thinking about the CEO, reading the minutes (
> https://www.afrinic.net/ast/pdf/2019-minutes/20190305-minutes.pdf ) - I
> think the best way out for the AfriNIC community is if the whole board
> resigns - just leave the CEO. Andrew has got it right.
> On 2019/05/28 14:36, Andrew Alston wrote:
>> Benjamin,
>> Let’s see – you have a public document – a document that is clearly
>> and totally in the public domain.  You have an individual who was a
>> named party in that document – who chose to share that document.  You
>> have an active attempt by the board to sanction that individual for
>> engaging with the community who he is meant to serve.  You have a
>> statement by the chair of the board that the CEO does not serve the
>> community but instead serves the board.
>> Effectively – you have a board attempting to censor the CEO from
>> engaging with this community – in a bottom up organization that by
>> legal representation during the IANA transition committed to the
>> concepts of self determination of members and transparency and bottom
>> up approach. 
>>  1. That constitutes micro-management
>>  2. In constitutes a total and utter failure of the board to adhere to
>>     the principles sworn to in the foundation of the organization in
>>     the original ICP2
>>  3. It shows a total disregard for the obligations set out in section
>>     3 of the bylaws to keep members informed of all things pertinent
>>     to the company
>> What I see here – is nothing short of disgraceful – and I find it
>> absolutely shocking that any board member who has a shred of ethics –
>> would not have resigned in light of what is in those documents.  It is
>> a slap in the face of this community – and the entire global RIR
>> system – and I am disgusted and appalled.  I would say to Serge as a
>> starting point – if you have no shame – resign – now.  I would say to
>> the chair for your abject failure – resign – now.  I would say to
>> every member who consented to the final sections of that document –
>> resign – now.
>> Andrew
>> *From:*Benjamin Ledoh <benjamin.ledoh at gmail.com>
>> *Sent:* Tuesday, 28 May 2019 15:01
>> *To:* Sander Steffann <sander at steffann.nl>
>> *Cc:* General Discussions of AFRINIC <community-discuss at afrinic.net>
>> *Subject:* Re: [Community-Discuss] Gratitude
>> Dear Sander,
>> In your email to the community, you wrote
>> > I am surprised at the level of micro-management that CEO Alan
>> Barrett has to deal with.
>> I have read the minutes and I could not see any trace that is related
>> to “micro-management”. Rather the discussion revolved around the
>> procedure to publish the judgement, who should publish the judgement,
>> and the issue of NDA.
>> Could you please show me in the minutes the part that is dealing with
>> the micro-management?
>> Thank you,
>> Benjiloh
>> On Mon, May 27, 2019 at 12:50 PM Sander Steffann <sander at steffann.nl
>> <mailto:sander at steffann.nl>> wrote:
>>     Hello,
>>     I was just reading the board minutes at
>>     https://www.afrinic.net/ast/pdf/2019-minutes/20190305-minutes.pdf
>>     and I am surprised at the level of micro-management that CEO Alan
>>     Barrett has to deal with. In those minutes both Alan and Seun
>>     Ojedeji seem to be reprimanded for being open and transparent to
>>     this community. The summary of those minutes show how the board
>>     has made it explicitly clear that the CEO is to have no
>>     responsibility anymore towards this community.
>>     Therefore I would like to explicitly and publicly express my
>>     gratitude to both Alan and Seun for their efforts to keep this
>>     community involved in Afrinic matters in an open and transparent
>>     way. I feel this is a strong requirement for keeping Afrinic
>>     respected and supported by both its members and its community.
>>     Sincerely,
>>     Sander
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