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[rpd] Fwd: update on policy Afrinic service Guide Lines policy proposal

Andrew Alston Andrew.Alston at
Fri Nov 21 06:23:42 UTC 2014

Hi Karmann,

(Speaking personally and not with my board hat on).

I strongly object to the clause that says board members can have no involvement in the policy development process.

Keep in mind, every board member is elected from within the community.  That means that many board members also have their own job functions which relate to IP addressing within their respective organisations.  I agree that a board member who is also involved in the PdP should NOT necessarily be doing it with their board hat on, but you cannot exclude the individuals themselves from the process.  To do so would be to ensure that any person who is active in policy can never run for board, else they risk being alienated from the policy process.  This would damage not only the PdP but also the potential to get quality board members who have a good understanding of policy and the process by which it is formulated.

Hence, I will not support any policy that states that.

Andrew Alston
Group Head of IP Strategy
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From: Karmann Olumomo <karmann.olumomo at<mailto:karmann.olumomo at>>
Date: Friday, November 21, 2014 at 8:10 AM
To: "rpd at<mailto:rpd at>" <rpd at<mailto:rpd at>>
Subject: [rpd] Fwd: update on policy Afrinic service Guide Lines policy proposal


After taking the community feed back, I'd like to update my proposal to the following:

1) Summary of the Problem Being Addressed by this Policy Proposal
Some member are experiencing extreme long wait for their additional allocation request to get passed, some members are experiencing none technical information requested from Afrinic(customer data, marketing channel etc), in order to improve overall service quality of Afrinic, here is the policy.

2) Summary of How this Proposal Addresses the Problem
To improve overall service quality and transparency of Afrinic’s number resource services by documenting roles and responsibilities of AFRINIC.
3) Proposal
1.Afrinic should make decision on subsequent allocation requests based on Afrinic   policy, and conclude a request no longer than the 20% of the total period AFRNIC approves the resources for. (E.g. If Afrinic is issuing resources to its member to meet its 12 months needs, the longest waiting time for Afrinic allocation process should not be longer than 20%*12month, to cope with 80% utilization requirement for additional allocation). If Afrinic was not able to make decision on a certain request within this period, for each additional month beyond this period, the requesting member should receive percentage of the requested period of the total request until such decision has been made, in order to protect member from smooth running of its business.

2.Afrinic should publish standardized base information request for each typical type of resource allocation.

3.Afrinic should not store, request any marketing or business related none-technical information from its member, for example, customer data, marketing channel, and marketing budget.

4.Afrinic allocations should be solely made based on current policy, no other factor other than policy should infer with afrinic’s decision on processing allocation requests.

5.Afrinic board should never being involved in any form of resource allocation process.

6.For the interest of overall policy development process, other RIR staff as well as it's governing body personnel(advisor or board member, for example) should not be involve in Afrinic policy development process.

7.Afrinic policy working group chair election should be conducted independent from Afrinic board nomination committee, candidates should be free of any requirement.

The main updated point is point 5:

5.Afrinic board should never being involved in any form of resource allocation process.

Thanks very much and please update the proposal accordingly.

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