[Community-Discuss] AFRINIC legacy space ownership manipulation

Mark Tinka mark.tinka at seacom.mu
Wed Nov 6 15:13:03 UTC 2019

Are we saying that the membership and community are too impatient that a
message like this could not have waited a week or two until the new CEO
is burned in?

I didn't see anyone from the membership harassing the Board or AFRINIC
staff about needing urgent updates on legacy space ownership
manipulation :-\.


On 6/Nov/19 16:24, Alioune Traore wrote:

> 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.


> Dr Ing. Alioune Badara TRAORE 


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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. 


> Regards,

> Dewole.


> On Tue, Nov 5, 2019 at 8:20 AM Mark Tinka <mark.tinka at seacom.mu

> <mailto: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.


> Mark.


> 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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