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[AFRINIC-rpd] Re: Address Supporting Organization

Douglas Onyango ondouglas at
Sat Feb 23 12:35:06 UTC 2013

Hi SM,
Most of the queries you raise here relate directly to the ASO, and as
I have already pointed out in most of my responses, the ASO plays a
global role.
As such it's community engagements are global and not with particular
RIRs, atleast not in the way I think you expect in your email.

Comments are not elicited regionally, but globally; and if you go
through the ASO website, you will find responses to all your queries,
just not directed at the AfriNIC or any other RIR.

I am copying the ASO and the chair so that the queries can be
addressed correctly.

On 23 February 2013 12:34,  <sm+afrinic at> wrote:
> Hi Douglas,
> At 22:44 22-02-2013, Douglas Onyango wrote:
>> I will leave this to Fiona who is still combing the archives, but u
>> recall the NRO issuing a statement together with ICANN on ITU (WCIT).
> Yes.  By the way, the AfriNIC community was not informed about that
> statement.
> I saw the following (
> ):
>   "To aid them in making their final selection, the ASO AC members requested
>    public comments and statements of support for the candidates."
> I gather that public comments were requested from AfriNIC members; public
> comments were not requested from the AfriNIC community.
> From the November 2012 minutes:
>   "In the interest of accountability and transparency, the Chair asked the
>    Secretariat to post meeting attendance for the year, including meetings
>    held times when quorum was not reached."
> Can that information be posted to this mailing list?
> This is from September 2012:
>   "[The Chair] He noted that two options had been discussed, one to change
> the
>    level of quorum required and the other to add online voting as an option
>    since it was proving difficult to meet the standard of representatives on
>    the call to make changes."
> This is from April 2012:
>   "The Chair expressed his frustration that there are now frequent instances
>    where the AC is not able to get a quorum and there are even instances
> where
>    we lose quorum in the middle of a motion. This is making it very
> difficult
>    to do work and results in a great deal of time wasted."
> It seems like the Address Supporting Organization has a problem.
> A recurring item in the minutes is the selection of individuals for the
> ICANN Board of Directors.  I did not see any mention of "ITU" in the
> minutes.
>> That being said, the bigger question for me is: are there instances
>> where the ICANN requested/expected advice from the ASO ? and how did
>> the ASO respond. I think this is the real way to measure this.
> Agreed.
> Regards,
> S. Moonesamy

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