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[AfriNIC-rpd] NomCom at AFRINIC-16

Andrew Alston alston.networks at
Fri May 18 18:13:11 UTC 2012

Hi Alan,

While I agreed with certain people who provided me the evidence not to name the companies concerned, I do have an agreement that if anyone wishes to query with them directly, said people are free to contact me for their contact details.

With regards to the candidates not being given an opportunity to respond, it is my opinion that they had the option to fight for their right to say something, in the same way you objected at the microphone.  The silence spoke volumes

With regards to the conduct of the NomCom, I am quite frankly nothing short of disgusted.  We are electing a board that has to represent this community, is 15 minutes to much to ask to make sure the right decision is made?  To tell someone "Thanks for wasting our time" when they want to be heard?  I have no words... and I always have something to say :)


On 18 May 2012, at 5:58 PM, Alan Barrett wrote:

> On Fri, 18 May 2012, SM wrote:
>> If a member of NomCom is aware of candidates lobbying for votes, it is up to the member to see whether to inform the community about that.  As there hasn't been any report about lobbying for votes up to now, either it did not happen or nobody find that objectionable.
> I think that lobbying for votes is OK, but that some lobbying methods are not acceptable.
> I think that using email addresses or other information harvested from WHOIS or internal AfriNIC databases is wrong.  Each database (including WHOIS) has implicit or explicit acceptable use policies associated with the information, and using the information for vote solicitation would be outside that acceptable use policy.
> I think that sending email to a "peering" contact address, for any purpose other then discussing peering arrangements, is wrong for much the same reason.
> I have heard allegations that vote solicitation messages were sent to AfriNIC contact addresses and to peering contact addresses, but I have not seen publicly available evidence.  If such allegations are true, especially in the case of WHOIS or AfriNIC internal databases, then it's a violation of the terms under which the data was made available.  It's unfortunate that the accused persons were not given an opportunity to address the allegations during the meeting.
> --apb (Alan Barrett)
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