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[rpd] New proposal - "AfriNIC Whois Database Update Process" (AFPUB-2014-GEN-001-DRAFT-01)

Seun Ojedeji seun.ojedeji at
Sun May 18 11:54:29 UTC 2014

Dear members,

We have received a new policy - "AfriNIC Whois Database Update Process"

While this may not be on the agenda of the next public policy meeting, we
encourage the community to discuss this on the list and at the upcoming
face to face meeting. Public url to the "draft" policy will soon be made
available. However the content is pasted below for comments and discussion
from the PDWG/community.


Draft Policy name: AfriNIC Whois Database Update Process
Unique identifier: AFPUB-2014-GEN-001-DRAFT-01
Status: New
Submission Date 15 MAY 2014
Author:Jean Robert Hountomey

1.Summary of the Problem Being Addressed by this Policy Proposal

The African network infrastructure is growing with changes and extensions.
This growth has brought changes in telecommunication and Internet
infrastructure. With the emergence of new operators, mergers and
acquisitions, the dynamism brought by the penetration of Internet
technology has required organizational changes with job rotation. The need
for accurate whois data has been in the news for years all over the world.

Inaccurate data is still present in the AfriNIC whois database because
changes have occurred in organizations (point of contact, contact
information etc.) and object owners have not updated their records. The
result is a “No response” from “whois” contacts listed in the AfriNIC

The goal of the proposal is setting a process towards ensuring that AfriNIC
whois database is updated. A previous policy (AFPUB-2012-GEN-001-DRAFT-02 :
AfriNIC Whois Database Clean-up ) was withdrawn by the Author after AfriNIC
advised that there was already an internal process to handle the cleanup of
whois data and do general contact update. However it has been noticed that
objects in AfriNIC database are not accurate.

2. Summary of How this Proposal Addresses the Problem

This proposal asks AfriNIC to maintain accuracy through a periodical
database clean up. Furthermore, at least
once a year or at the renewal of resources, AFRINIC staff should conduct a
whois database information validation.

3. The Proposal

AfriNIC members are committed through the RSA to maintain their data and
keep it accurate.  AfriNIC will then
maintain accuracy of whois information through periodical database clean up
or update. AfriNIC will periodically ask object
owners in the Whois Database to actively check and update the accuracy of
data in AfriNIC whois database.

3.1 Cleanup

3.1.1 - General Database Cleanup: At the ratification of this policy,
AfriNIC staff will conduct a first cleanup by asking all POC present except
those who received their objects in less than a year to confirm their POC
information. We leave to AfriNIC staff the discretion to use any
communication tool they find useful for this action.

3.1.2 - Annual Clean up: After the first cleanup, AfriNIC will conduct a
cleanup once a year. We leave to AfriNIC's staff to define the period.

3.1.3 - At the request of additional resources or services, AfriNIC staff
will ask the organization to update its records.

3.2. If a change is requested by another policy.

In case another AfriNIC policy made mandatory a change or introduce another
object, the object owner is required to make this update.

3.2 Steps

3.2.1 - AfriNIC staff will ask members to confirm accuracy of their records
in the Whois database in a month’s
timeframe when contacted by email.

 3.2.2 - After one month, AfriNIC Staff will use any communication tools at
their discretion to contact
those who have not answered or those whose email has bounced back.

 3.2.3 - After another month of unresponsive response, the record will be
marked invalid.

 3.2.4 - AfriNIC may publish publicly a report about number resources with
invalid POC.

 3.2.5 - One year after the first contact initiation, if the data is still
not accurate and the organization has failed to respond to the call to
resolve the data inconsistency, AfriNIC may claim the number resources back.

4. Situation within other RIRs

- ARIN conducts an annual POC (point of contact) validation process:
- At APNIC, there was a similar policy proposed that did not reach
consensus and was withdrawn by the author.
- LACNIC obligates the resources holders contractually throught their RSA
and reviews whois data when resources are requested and updates accordingly


   - 02 Oct. 2012 - AFPUB-2012-GEN-001-DRAFT-02 was withdrawn by the Author.

*Previous Versions *

Kind Regards,

Seun Ojedeji, Emile Milandou
PDWG Co-Chairs
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