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[rpd] [Community-Discuss] ARIN without Owen Delong ?

Marcus K. G. Adomey madomey at
Wed Jul 14 10:25:09 UTC 2021

Dear Owen and PDWG,

I don’t think this is an off-topic. There are reasons why we always have session on “policy update from other RIRs” at every PPM…it’s like we care for what happened at ARIN PDP through its AC and possible impact on our PDP and related issues

In response to the statement below, one would like to know why is Owen talking about “ was not forced to resign”? Nobody said so AFAIK, how come the position at ARIN constitute restraint to speech and why only now?

And question for this community is how do we deal with conflict of interest in our PDP?



From: Owen DeLong via Community-Discuss <community-discuss at>
Sent: Tuesday, July 13, 2021 5:03:19 PM
To: Arnaud AMELINA <amelnaud at>
Cc: General Discussions of AFRINIC <community-discuss at>; AfriNIC Resource Policy Discussion List <rpd at>
Subject: Re: [Community-Discuss] [rpd] ARIN without Owen Delong ?

Apologies to the list for this off-topic posting, but given the unwarranted attention already paid to the
matter and the escalating level of speculation, I beg your indulgence. This will (hopefully) be the
only post I make on the matter here.

For clarity:

1. I chose to resign my position on the ARIN AC. I was not forced to resign. I did not have to resign.
So your speculation is neither accurate, nor appropriate and the implications are offensive.

2. I chose to resign in order to have greater freedom and flexibility to advocate for changes in the
internet community, some of which would be considered a conflict of interest with my role as
an Advisory Council member. While I have been outspoken by most standards, the reality is
that my position on the AC did serve as a significant restraint to my speech in many cases.
The time has come where I felt the need to remove that restraint in order to best serve the

Reading anything other than the above into it would be a mistake and further speculation is very
unlikely to produce any accurate conclusions.

If anyone has questions about my resignation, they are free to ask me directly, but this really is
not an appropriate topic for this list.


On Jul 13, 2021, at 05:56 , Arnaud AMELINA <amelnaud at<mailto:amelnaud at>> wrote:


We all would like to know why Owen, so active in our PDP, has to resign from his position at ARIN AC which serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Trustees on Internet number resource policy and related matters.


Le lun. 12 juil. 2021 à 12:37, Taiwo Oye <taiwo.oyewande88 at<mailto:taiwo.oyewande88 at>> a écrit :
How is this of concern to you or to any of the members of the afrinic community. Kindly direct your question to the appropriate quarters - owen at<mailto:owen at> -

On Jul 11, 2021, at 19:27, Paschal Ochang <pascosoft at<mailto:pascosoft at>> wrote:

Great question Daniel.

On Sunday, July 11, 2021, DANIEL NANGHAKA <dndannang at<mailto:dndannang at>> wrote:
Is this worth discussing on the rpd or mailing lists?

On Sun, Jul 11, 2021, 8:36 PM Marcus K. G. Adomey <madomey at<mailto:madomey at>> wrote:

Out of curiosity, does anyone know why Owen Delong active in AFRINIC PDP resigned from ARIN AC? point 10


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