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[AfriNIC-rpd] Policy Proposal: End user classification for Universities

Seun Ojedeji seun.ojedeji at
Fri Jun 29 08:09:19 UTC 2012

Hello Owen, all

On Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 8:39 AM, Guy Antony Halse <G.halse at> wrote:

> On Thu 2012-06-28 (17:48), Owen DeLong wrote:
> >    In actual fact, a University IS an LIR and the fees ARE warranted
> This might be a moot point, but I think you are making the mistake of
> taking
> the structure of North American and/or European universities and assuming
> that it applies universally.  In the process, you're confusing the concepts
> of academic freedom and autonomy.

Yeah from the last mail Owen sent(in reply to my mail), i had also assumed
that he probably did not school in Africa or have a close working
relationship with an African institution, it is on that basis that i will
agree with his points. Come to think of it, on which sector does the
scenario painted by university does not come up; An ISP(the real unarguable
LIR) releases IP to his client, but is client also uses the service for
cybercafe and provides wireless/home service to his own clients, joining by
Owen's explanation i guess we would now refer the ISP's client as an LIR :-)
I think the point is clear and should not be dragged further beyond this,
to avoid further digging and unveiling ;)

> In South Africa (I can't speak for other countries)

The state of university as explained below also applies to universities in
Nigeria! (although ours is not Act 101 of 1997) i will also like to add the
exact words used by Guy (I can't speak for other countries :-)

the faculties of a university enjoy academic freedom (in fact, it is
> protected constitutionally
> and legally through Act 101 of 1997), but they do not have autonomy.  There
> is a single Institutional Statute that defines a public higher educational
> institution, and a single resulting governance structure.

*Seun Ojedeji,
Federal University Oye-Ekiti
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