[Community-Discuss] Continuous Negative Narrative Towards AfriNIC in the Press
kmw.elitcha at gmail.com
Tue Oct 29 18:01:24 UTC 2019
Lessons from Noah's concerns
- Staff would normally talk to press through media/communication department. If there is a whistle blower better follow Mauritius laws
- Members are expected to be constructive and spirit of RSA enjoin members to cooperate with the organization. All member based organizations have mechanisms to sanction members who are continuously disruptive and creating obstacles. What is the case here?
- Let's not forget that Board role is more in directing the organization than operating the organization... Board should make sure the organisation is on good track, staff is empowered and have resources to do the work. Board should only have this responsibility and communicate timely with membership/community on strategic issues, not operational.
Can we bring back that separation and hear more from those responsible and we focus on our core functions?
> On Oct 29, 2019, at 12:49, Jean-Robert Hountomey <jrhountomey at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear Noah,
> Please do not be bothered by those too anxious to make headline news.
> Let us focus energy on helping incoming CEO and AfriNIC achieve success.
>> On Oct 28, 2019, at 4:16 PM, Noah <noah at neo.co.tz <mailto:noah at neo.co.tz>> wrote:
>> Dear Community,
>> It's been a while since I last posted and I hope everyone of you here is healthy and well. Something has been bothering me lately and I can't help but to share with you all in an attempt to understand why this is the case and perhaps seek your views as well. Pardon me for the long email after all it's not my style.
>> Lately, various matters related to AfriNIC have appeared in some online press platform    with some matters being mentioned or announced on the specific media platform before even AfriNIC itself informs the community which should not be the case. For those who remember the UK based "theregister" and how they used to post negative news about AfriNIC will resonate with my concern.
>> These media discussions for some reason are coming from a specific South Africa online media platform and as usual the news is often very negative and unfavorable toward AfriNIC. For a continent of over 54 countries, this is very sad to say the least that most negative reporting about our RIR, will often stem from the same specific community. It's seems as if the strategy is to continuously paint a negative narrative towards AfriNIC within .za community.
>> Link  article mentions inaccurate IPv4 records and impugning deliberate manipulation of records for gain. I am not sure if AfriNIC is aware of this article and if there is any truth to it warranting any investigation and reporting.
>> Link  article mentions the departure of a staff member of AfriNIC as announced in the same media platform. No such information has been published by the organisation itself anywhere on its website or mailing lists.
>> Link  article raised a perceived conflict of the AfriNIC bylaws and the Mauritius equal opportunity act and the illegality of the CEO search process which was just completed. The very wish of a particular member of this community who is constantly agitating against AfriNIC with constant negativity.
>> It will help to understand what is continuously fueling this continuous negative narrative which is now playing out in the South African press. What is hidden under the agitation? Did something happen in past board? How are the leaks or planted media stories occurring?
>> Any organisation whose internal discussions are somehow made public in the press is doomed and this sort of toxic behaviour should never be accepted. I am very concerned with the endless negativity and polarization this is causing toward our collective community which needs more cohesion at a time when a new CEO has been appointed.
>> The Board and AfriNIC would help to inform the community about any investigation to this end and advice the incoming CEO appropriately.
>> I submit.
>> AfriNIC ASO-AC Member
>>  https://mybroadband.co.za/news/internet/318205-the-big-south-african-ip-address-heist-how-millions-are-made-on-the-grey-market.html <https://mybroadband.co.za/news/internet/318205-the-big-south-african-ip-address-heist-how-millions-are-made-on-the-grey-market.html>
>>  https://mybroadband.co.za/news/internet/324583-afrinic-co-founding-engineer-resigns-source.html <https://mybroadband.co.za/news/internet/324583-afrinic-co-founding-engineer-resigns-source.html>
>>  https://mybroadband.co.za/news/internet/324645-controversy-over-new-ceo-for-afrinic.html <https://mybroadband.co.za/news/internet/324645-controversy-over-new-ceo-for-afrinic.html>
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