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community - Re: [AfriNIC-rpd] About AFPUB-2010-GEN-001

Dr Paulos Nyirenda paulos at
Thu Apr 8 07:40:36 UTC 2010

Clearly there is an important issue with using the word "comunity" in the PDP. I would 
like to recommend that in any future revisions of the PDP inlcuding the current attempts 
to re-develop the PDP, the word "community" should be qualified at every instance so that 
it is clear what is being refered to.


Dr Paulos B Nyirenda
NIC.MW & .mw ccTLD

On 6 Apr 2010 at 10:41, sm+afrinic at wrote:

> At 02:09 06-04-10, Dr Paulos Nyirenda wrote:
> >I would like to mention that the use of the word "community" in the 
> >AfriNic PDP caused
> >intensive debate in one or two meetings of the current PDP-MG and 
> >mention was made of
> >refering this back to the "community" to resolve.
> >
> >In some cases the current PDP uses the wider Internet community as 
> >"anyone on the
> >Internet" as described below but in others it seems to refer to the 
> >"African Internet
> >community".
> The current PDP document uses the word "community".  There was a 
> proposal last year that was written by someone who does not reside in 
> Africa.  People from outside Africa have taken part in discussions 
> about proposals.
> "anyone on the Internet" might be "Internet Community".
> There might be some differences between "African Internet community" 
> and "AfriNIC community".
> Both the existing PDP document and the proposal use wider Internet 
> community for policy proposals and discussions.
> "AfriNIC community" is currently used for the PDP-MG selection.  The 
> proposal uses "chosen by the community during the meeting.  That is 
> similar to "AfriNIC community".
> >Some clarification on this as well would help the PDP-MG.
> Should "community" be:
>   1. people from Africa only?
>   2. people from the "African Internet community"?
>   3. people affected by AfriNIC (the company) policies?
>   4. people involved in Internet operations (ISP, etc.) only?
>   5. "anyone on the Internet"?
> If you choose items 1 and 2, proposals can only be written and 
> discussed by people within Africa.  Items 3 and 4 involves clarifying 
> how to determine which people are part of the community.  Item 5 
> follows the openness principle.
> Regards,
> S. Moonesamy 

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