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[afnog] [rpd] Re: A typical case of abuse of our resources!!!

Andrew Alston Andrew.Alston at
Sun Sep 21 06:25:05 UTC 2014

Disclaimer: Speaking in my personal capacity and not representative of the AfriNIC board or any other organisation/company to which I am affiliated.

> Very few people are involved in AFNIC policy development process and sometimes, they just develop a policy to support what they want or like rather than developing policies that really support the
> development of the Internet in Africa.

Victor, this is true, but it is by choice that individuals do not get involved in the PdP, since it is an open body.  Year after year I have stood at PdP meetings and we get people in the room, lots of them, but when it comes to discussions about policy on the PdP list, I would be amazed there are more than 15 or 20 people who actually get involved and talk on there on a regular and sustained basis.

This has been spoken about MANY times.  But I say this, it is like an election in a country, if the community does not choose to partake in the PdP lists, and does not choose to get involved in the formulation of policy (and the modifications to policies they aren’t happy with etc), then they have absolutely zero right to complain afterwards if the policies that are put in place do not meet their needs.

My message to the community, if you feel the current policies aren’t working, or you aren’t happy with them, write new ones, go to the PdP, and if the rest of the community is in agreement with you, your amendments/new policies will get passed, if they don’t pass, listen to WHY the community isn’t passing them, and either change your position or modify so that the community is happy with them.  Basically: Take some responsibility for the policies that are out there, since you, as a community put them there, either through showing consensus at a meeting, or through apathy that stopped you objecting to them) and you as a community have the chance to change them.

Just my thoughts

Andrew Alston
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