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[rpd] Opposing the last call made on the review policy

Andrew Alston Andrew.Alston at
Sat Dec 1 09:46:27 UTC 2018


Understand something from my perspective – at this point – irrespective of the content of the policy or its merits and demerits – and outside of the points I have made about the fact that this policy cannot be implemented based on the assertions I have made in the previous email (and I will wait for the CEO or staff to clarify this, and failing that will share PROOF of that assertion) – I am however challenging the process by which this policy ended up in last call.

The fact is – the policy was last modified in April 2018 – prior to the previous meeting.  It failed to reach consensus – because of sustained and unaddressed objections.  Since the document was not modified since that meeting – and since none of the objections stated have ever been withdrawn on the email list or addressed – it stands to reason by any logic standard – that consensus is impossible, since an objection once raised is sustained until either addressed or withdrawn – and does not fall away merely because we are in another country and have an audience that is more receptive.

There is absolutely nothing in the PDP process indicates such a blatant divergence from the consensus process and the universally accepted definition of consensus allows for consensus to magically appear because of time passed.  Furthermore – the PDP itself in another way indicates that failing consensus a policy needs to be modified – it does this by expiring policies that have not been modified with X period after failing to find consensus – this is clearly stated here:

A draft policy expires after one calendar year unless it is approved by the AFRINIC Board of Directors as a policy. The timeout period is restarted when the draft policy is replaced by a more recent version of the proposal

As such – forgetting even the content of the policy – the last call is invalid – there was no update to the policy and no withdrawl of sustained objection


From: Timothy Ola Akinfenwa <akin.akinfenwa at>
Date: Saturday, 1 December 2018 at 12:35
To: Frank Habicht <geier at>
Cc: rpd List <rpd at>
Subject: Re: [rpd] Opposing the last call made on the review policy

Hi Frank,

You are right, the RSA mentioned the possibility of a review of allocated resources which the proposal also took into consideration especially as contained in 4.(b).

However, to my understanding, the RSA does not explicitly provide or explain how the review should be done, including but not limited to an appeal process in case of unjustly recovered resources, which the proposal is trying to address.


On Sat, 1 Dec 2018, 9:58 AM Frank Habicht <geier at<mailto:geier at> wrote:

On 01/12/2018 11:14, Timothy Ola Akinfenwa wrote:
> Hello All,
> I think we should honestly answer this question, is there a need for
> AFRINIC to review or audit allocated IP Resources?

AfriNIC has the possibility to do that already, according to
2. (e) and
4. (b)
in the RSA:<>


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