[Community-Discuss] AFRINIC legacy space ownership manipulation

Adewole Ajao dewole at tinitop.com
Tue Nov 5 07:13:02 UTC 2019

Makes sense. Especially on operational and PR issues such as this. Letting
the CEO communicate will also reduce the sense of non-responsiveness that
members sometimes feel (although it's unavoidable because the board has to
convene and agree before any response can be given - even on simple issues
whereas the CEO will be able to respond authoritatively to a large extent
on behalf of AFRINIC the company).


On Tue, Nov 5, 2019 at 8:00 AM Mark Tinka <mark.tinka at seacom.mu> wrote:

> Don't know if it's just me, but curious why this update (and the

> investigations associated with it) are not coming from our CEO.


> I've consistently said that I feel the AFRINIC Board are too involved in

> AFRINIC's day-to-day affairs, which, IMHO, need to be managed by the

> AFRINIC CEO and his team, both in front of and behind the scenes.


> I am somewhat disturbed that this culture does not appear to have changed

> even on the back of the appointment of the new CEO.


> Personally, I'd rather be hearing from the CEO and/or any of his staff,

> than the Board.


> Mark.


> On 4/Nov/19 22:45, Bope Domilongo Christian wrote:


> Dear Community at large,


> As the community may also, be aware, AFRINIC has attracted some media

> coverage relating to suspicious activity in its WHOIS database primarily a

> limited section of legacy resources.


> On behalf of the Board, I would like to assure both the AFRINIC membership

> and the Internet community at large that the Board has conducted some

> preliminary assessment of the matter, and would like to let you know that

> investigations are progressing well and will be concluded soon, most likely

> before or by the end of the year. We cannot reveal much or go into further

> details at this stage as we do not want to jeopardise the investigations.

> However, you can rest assured that we will get to the bottom of the matter.

> At the same time, we want to ensure that the rights of any affected parties

> are respected and protected as per the law. All said we are keen to ensure

> the interests of AFRINIC members are safeguarded as we seek to maintain

> stable, reliable and effective management of Internet resources. Besides,

> the AFRINIC WHOIS database remains fully operational with high standards of

> integrity.


> Nevertheless, there is always room for improvement and AFRINIC operations

> team is currently reviewing some of the long-established processes relating

> to the management of Internet resources under AFRINIC's ambit. The team

> is already implementing some improvement measures at both the

> IT Infrastructure and process level. As usual, the AFRINIC membership will

> be appropriately apprised of the developments.


> Best regards,

> Dr Christian D. Bope

> Chairman, AFRINIC Board of Directors



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