[Community-Discuss] Blog: A Comprehensive audit of the AFRINIC WHOIS Database

Mark Elkins mje at posix.co.za
Sat Feb 13 09:43:39 UTC 2021

I completely agree with Ronald regarding Legacy Blocks. Obviously, if
these entities no longer want their blocks back - stick them into the
free-pool for general consumption - not that I expect (m)any
organisations to no longer want them.

On 2/13/21 11:22 AM, Ronald F. Guilmette wrote:

> In message <CAEqgTWYPM=tXAEYnHpxExFBEUvJAX6G6K5kLOc1TuzT1G1Os4A at mail.gmail.com>

> Noah <noah at neo.co.tz> wrote:


>> In short AFRINIC is paving the way and seeks the communities input on how

>> to handle the abandoned space.


>> When one attempts a whois query today, you will note a flag which AFRINIC

>> has slapped on most of the legacy space which has since been recovered some

>> of which is under dispute.


>> But we have an RIR in AFRINIC which is now trying to do something about it.


>> I am of the view that we perhaps engage the working group to see if we can

>> work out a policy on how to handle the space and/or getting it into the

>> free pool.


> I have attempted to make my own views on this issue clear.


> Legacy blocks that are under the administration of AFRINIC should all

> be returned to their rightful owners, or to the rightful legal heirs and

> successors of those organizations where such may be reasonably determined,

> based on historical research.


> It is my firm belief, based upon my own investment of many many hours

> in doing exactly such research, that the rightful owners, or their

> legitimate and legal heirs and successors can be found... most quite

> easily... for each and every legacy block that falls under the current

> administration of AFRINIC.



> Regards,

> rfg


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