[Community-Discuss] AFRINIC legacy space ownership manipulation

Alioune Traore alioune_b_traore at yahoo.fr
Wed Nov 6 14:24:58 UTC 2019

Bonjour,dans une période de transition il est tout à fait normal que le Board puisse donner ces genres d'informations pour combler le vide du CEO.J'approuve donc le message du Board à cet effet.

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Le mardi 5 novembre 2019 à 08:50:46 UTC+1, Adewole Ajao <dewole at tinitop.com> a écrit :

I agree, Mark. It's the current board-routed management mode that will cause fatigue and a perception of non-responsiveness. I'm sure the Board hears our concerns and will hasten the process of helping the CEO settle down into his new role. Being volunteers as well, they would/should be happy to have their AFRINIC management workload reduced ASAP. 
On Tue, Nov 5, 2019 at 8:20 AM Mark Tinka <mark.tinka at seacom.mu> wrote:

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).
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.


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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