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

Marcus K. G. Adomey madomey at
Wed Jul 14 12:26:05 UTC 2021

Hi Owen,

Why have you BCC me the email you sent to Daniel? Why can't you send your response to the entire mailing list? Is there something hidden in this private email and you would not want the others to know about? The point being discuss is of interest and we need to know.

Please let us be transparent and open to the PDWG.



From: Owen DeLong <owen at>
Sent: Wednesday, July 14, 2021 10:56 AM
To: DANIEL NANGHAKA <dndannang at>; Marcus K. G. Adomey <madomey at>
Subject: Re: [Community-Discuss] [rpd] ARIN without Owen Delong ?


Responding in private since this is off-topic for the list.

This really has nothing to do with the AFRNIC PDP and has to do with things I want to be able to say and advocate for in the ARIN region.

There is no conflict between my activities in AFRINIC PDP and my role on the ARIN AC.

As to my interest in the AFRINIC PDP, you should note that I’m also at various times active in APNIC, LACNIC, RIPE, and ARIN PDPs.

I make my living as a consultant and I have at various times had clients all over the world and some clients with global networks. As a result, I am often asked to pay attention to the PDP in those regions.

I am also someone with a strong sense of community service. As such, since I am obliged to monitor the process for my client(s) anyway, I will often work towards what I perceive as the best interests of the community (regardless of whether it is best for my client or not) and I will often advocate as such. In general, I select clients who are generally ideologically aligned with me.

One exception is Cloud Innovation. While I am not ideologically 100% in agreement with them and do not necessarily favor the current state of policy which benefits them, I am even more concerned that the RIRs cannot simply make up policy or randomly interpret policy to suit their ideological goals and must, instead, follow the policy as written until it is amended through the proper community process.

AFRINIC has a long history of corruption, election irregularities, financial misdeeds, and failure to properly follow its own rules in both its governance process and in its management of the IP registry database. As such, I have maintained a high level of interest in AFRINIC’s doings in an effort to do what I can to help resolve those issues.


On Jul 14, 2021, at 03:38 , DANIEL NANGHAKA <dndannang at<mailto:dndannang at>> wrote:

Dear Marcus,

I strongly agree, that there are policy updates from the other RIRs, what is catching my interest at the moment is that Owen has been one of the very active participants on PDP and I believe AFRINIC has a high level of freedom of expression.
When he gives a reason that he wants 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 his role as an Advisory Council member. I begin to realise that Owen could have been having a high conflict of interest which conflicted with his position on the AC.

Dear Owen,
Owen, kindly advise how we could deal with the Conflict of Interest in the PDP as you state it clearly in your reason. Furthermore, I still have question marks as to why the AFRINIC PDP is of high interest to you - yet the Policies discussed are for the development of the Internet in Africa. Is something wrong with the AFRINIC PDP that stimulates high interest for your participation in AFRINIC Process that the Africa participants have failed to solve which requires your expertise?

Is ARIN more superior than AFRINIC?



On Wed, 14 Jul 2021 at 13:26, Marcus K. G. Adomey <madomey at<mailto:madomey at>> wrote:
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<mailto:community-discuss at>>
Sent: Tuesday, July 13, 2021 5:03:19 PM
To: Arnaud AMELINA <amelnaud at<mailto:amelnaud at>>
Cc: General Discussions of AFRINIC <community-discuss at<mailto:community-discuss at>>; AfriNIC Resource Policy Discussion List <rpd at<mailto: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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