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[rpd] Criteria for Eligibility or Selection of PDWG Co-Chairs

Saul Stein saul at
Fri Feb 19 08:10:10 UTC 2021

Hi Sunday,

Re point 6:

This is something that I think is the fundamental breakdown and cause of our
troubles and goes for all of us, not just the selection of co-chairs.

When we get involved in volunteer work, it is just that – we do so for the
better of the community and organisation.

One needs to understand that self-serving interest does not come into play
and that there could very well be circumstances where what is right for the
community is not what is right for your particular personal or business
need. However, we need to put the community first ALWAYS.

Once we have that right, I think things will improve considerably.

Just my 2cents


From: Sunday Folayan <sfolayan at>
Sent: Friday, 19 February 2021 09:48
To: Mike Silber <silber.mike at>; Noah <noah at>
Cc: AfriNIC List <rpd at>
Subject: Re: [rpd] Criteria for Eligibility or Selection of PDWG Co-Chairs

I am OK with Noah's trajectory, proposition, and Mike's modification.

Slight edit in 4. "which is am AFRINIC resource members" should read "who is
an AFRINIC resource member"

I also think we should add ...

6. Ability to remain calm in the face of provocation and respect for the
continental diversity.


On 2/19/21 7:38 AM, Mike Silber wrote:

Thanks Noah

I think that is an excellent list.

The only thing I would add to your point 5 is an intangible quality - a
history (or perception) of building consensus. Some of us understand RFC
7282, but because of our passion, style or language are less successful (or
perceived as less successful) at moving the group towards consensus.



On Fri, 19 Feb 2021 at 07:54, Noah <noah at <mailto:noah at> >

Hi PDWG participants,

Could we as a WG participants agree on a set of criteria for a WG
participant to become a co-chair.

This I believe is more important and I had shared some few ideas below a
separate thread but I think it would make sense to work this out on this new

Some thoughts that crossed my mind as criteria;

1. Active participation in WG discussions by a participant, in say, the past
3 years.

2. Participant should demonstrate a clear understanding of the CPM and
especially sections that relate to the PDWG.

3. Participant should have some 5 years sound technical experience in this
space with a clear understanding of Internet Protocol and preferably having
worked in this space.

4. Affiliation with an entity which is am AFRINIC resource members could
come in handy for a participant interested in chairing policy discussions.

5. Understanding of rfc7282 and what rough consensus and consensus is all
about, after all consensus is a path and not a destination. This is very

Other participants in this WG can also add and we see what criteria are more
required and which ones to discard to keep it simple.

I stand to be corrected but I think we as a WG have an obligation to first
sort this requirements out before we can think of the selection of the
interim co-chairs.



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