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[AfriNIC-rpd] Consensus on AFPUB-2010-GEN-006-draft-02 - Abuse Contact Information in the AfriNIC service region Proposal

sm+afrinic at sm+afrinic at
Mon May 2 14:53:18 UTC 2011

The Abuse Contact Information in the AfriNIC service region Proposal 
(AFPUB-2010-GEN-006) specifies a dedicated object which shall be used 
as the preferred place to publish abuse public contact information 
within the AfriNIC service region.

The mentioned object can be referenced in the inetnum, inet6num and 
aut-num objects in the AfriNIC Whois Database. It provides a more 
accurate and efficient way for abuse reports to reach the correct 
network contact.

The proposal was discussed during the AfriNIC-13 meeting.  There was 
a comment about what problem the proposal attempts to solve.  It was 
pointed out that automated reports that are sent out regularly trips 
the constraints put in place to protect the Whois database from abuse.

There was some discussion about whether a new object should be 
created or whether a new attribute should be added.  The proposal 
leaves that implementation detail up to AfriNIC's technical 
department.  It was also mentioned that the facility in the proposal 
is optional and not mandatory.  AfriNIC will have to put the 
information in the RIPE abuse finder which is mentioned in the proposal.

There was a Last Call for the proposal on 18 March, 2011.  There 
wasn't any comments on the Resource Policy Discussion  mailing list.

The Interim co-chairs determined that AFPUB-2010-GEN-006-draft-02 has 
the consensus of the Policy Development Working Group.  In line with 
Section 5.4 of the Policy Development Process, we recommend that 
AFPUB-2010-GEN-006-draft-02 be approved by the AfriNIC Board of 
Directors as a policy.

Alan Barrett and S. Moonesamy
Interim co-chairs, AfriNIC Policy Development Working Group  

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