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[rpd] Board Composition

Arnaud AMELINA amelnaud at
Tue May 3 16:08:55 UTC 2016

Hi Owen good remarks. I'm totally agree with your observations.
Le 3 mai 2016 15:39, "Owen DeLong" <owen at> a écrit :

> It has come to my attention that Mike Silber is running for the
> independent seat that is opening on the AfriNIC board in the next election.
> While I consider Mike to be an excellent candidate and believe he would be
> a true asset to the AfriNIC board, I have a concern that I must express.
> This concern has nothing to do with Mike himself, but rather is a concern
> about organizational structure.
> There are only 8 elected members of the AfriNIC board. If Mike Silber is
> elected, then 25% of the elected board seats would be held by employees of
> Liquid Telecom. Personally, I do not feel that the board can properly
> represent the diversity of the AfriNIC community if we allow multiple board
> seats to be held by representatives from the same organization. While I do
> not believe that Liquid has any sort of goal of organizational capture or
> any nefarious intent whatsoever, the reality is that if this is allowed,
> then it does create the possibility for some other organization to achieve
> a form of organizational capture.
> The board has tremendous authority and responsibility within the AfriNIC
> organization. As such, I think it is important to consider these generic
> structural issues seriously, no matter how much we may like and admire the
> candidates in question.
> Again, this is not personal. If it were, I’d be endorsing Mike rather than
> calling his candidacy into question. However, from a structural
> perspective, I think it is important that the community at least consider
> the issue.
> Owen
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