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[AfriNIC-rpd] Proposal for Policy Development Process in the AfriNIC service region]

Walubengo J jwalu at
Thu Dec 10 12:25:26 UTC 2009

there is something general i am noting and and agree - that perhaps the AfriNIC meetings should have a secretariate that produces formal summaries of ALL the 5day deliberations. However, I am note sure what the issue is with  the Public Policy Discussions since the website seem to capture the process fairly comprehensively @


--- On Thu, 12/10/09, sm+afrinic at <sm+afrinic at> wrote:

From: sm+afrinic at <sm+afrinic at>
Subject: Re: [AfriNIC-rpd] Proposal for Policy Development Process in  the AfriNIC service region]
To: "AfriNIC Resource Policy Discussion List" <rpd at>
Date: Thursday, December 10, 2009, 1:45 PM

At 22:05 09-12-2009, Graham Beneke wrote:
> Very good idea. Policy debates should probably be transcripted or at the very least comprehensive minutes should be kept.

There is a cost in doing transcriptions.  If the community believes that it is important to have transcriptions of the policy meetings, I suggest that it provides some arguments for doing it so that the issue can be addressed through this proposal.

Publishing comprehensive minutes is part of documenting the discussions on a proposal so that the process is transparent.  It would also be helpful to the authors who are unable to attend the policy meeting.

There is a deadline in the proposal for the minutes.  It is about "this is what we will be doing".  The initial (unpublished) proposal had a longer deadline.

> Also very important. As the author of a recent proposal also I had difficulty knowing how 'official' revisions could be published. The initial policy draft gets put up on the website but the updates get discussed on the mailing list and there isn't any process for updating the published version.

I have some difficulty figuring out which "publication" is considered as the official version.  Although this proposal provides for proposals to be submitted to the Policy Development Working Group Chair, it can be problematic as we cannot tell who is responsible for text then.  AfriNIC claims to have copyright on your proposal.

S. Moonesamy

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