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[AfriNIC-rpd] Call for Comments: Draft Minutes of Public Policy Meeting during AfriNIC-15 in Yaounde

James Blessing jblessing at
Thu Jan 12 14:01:43 UTC 2012

On 12/01/2012 09:00, Adiel Akplogan wrote:

> Discussions and comments before + during face to face meeting should weight
> more than comments during lats call. Doing that we push people to raise
> their
> point before or during the face to face meeting where consensus will be
> sought.
> We should be clear about when to close the loop, and it is in my sense the
> responsibility of the PDWG co-chairs to ensure that.

I think that this is potentially a dangerous route to take as it 
effectively increases the 'power' of those parts of the community able 
to make every meeting and therefore favours the larger network operators.

The PDWG chairs should be able to weigh the 'value' of the individual 
contributions on their own without being 'forced' to do so. As has 
already been point out the ability for remote participation at the the 
last meeting was very poor and (should there have been something major 
being discussed before being moved to last call) therefore any comments 
made by those remote members would have be devalued through no fault of 
their own (apart from not being able to attend the meeting).

If it is the communities wish to move to a meeting based policy approval 
process then that is a different situation (and should go through the 
PDP). In that case all proposal should pass through last call at the 
meeting itself rather than coming back to the list.

James Blessing
+44 7989 039 476
Strategic Relations Manager, EMEA
Limelight Networks

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