[Community-Discuss] AFRINIC legacy space ownership manipulation

Mark Tinka mark.tinka at seacom.mu
Tue Nov 5 07:20:49 UTC 2019

Thanks, Dewole.

Perhaps the CEO needs to be given more leeway and authority when
communicating with the community. I am sure the CEO can use his best
judgment to determine when any information toward the public needs to go
by the Board for review.

I fear that if the CEO needs to run an inordinate amount of operational
matters via the Board (including communication), fatigue will set in and
little progress will be made.


On 5/Nov/19 09:13, Adewole Ajao wrote:

> 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).


> Dewole.


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

> <mailto: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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