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[rpd] IPv4 Inter-RIR Resource Transfers (Comprehensive

Owen DeLong owen at
Tue Nov 16 15:39:04 UTC 2021

> I cannot overstate how strongly I agree with the crux of what you are saying. Two minor points of disagreement/qualification
> The outcome isn't just the the RIR system is pure theatre but rather that the RIR system becomes what can reasonably be described as a cartel and RIRs in that mould become a "criminal organization". Note I am not (lest I find myself with a 4 week ban) alleging that that is the situation at present but rather that unless we very quickly end some very bad ideas within the organization that the outcome is inevitable.
> [Jordi] I’m with you on this. If we don’t solve the problem it may happen, I’m not saying it is happening already, at least not in a degree to be considered a cartel at this time.

At the point where someone self-censors because they fear broader censorship if they don’t, the rights of free speech have already been infringed.
Silencing or even moderating dissent is a very slippery slope. Especially when it appears to be done out of spite in reaction to an affirmative defense
expressed against an accusation.

> (b) I don't see any reason why Mauritius should not be the domicile of an RIR - certainly compared to Florida (seat of dispute resolution for ARIN) and Virginia (domicile of ARIN) Uruguay, Queensland - and am strongly of the view that sentiment around relocating AFRINIC or reconstituting a new RIR for Africa in a different African state is not to entrench the community lead process and is wholly nonsensical. People seem far to happy to take issue with Mauritius's courts and legal system rather than addressing the problems of Afrinic.
> [Jordi] I’m fine with the Mauritius jurisdiction. However, if you read the legal assessment from the previous versions of *all* the policy proposals (new IA’s not yet published, so you need to go to the previous one), AND the proposal that the Board didn’t ratified even if it reached a 99,99% of consensus, you will see that the legal assessment is claiming that some decisions of the community can’t be taken by AFRINIC because they will be against Mauritius law. *AND* this is *NOT* happening in other RIRs! So, either the legal assessment is missing the point, or the bylaws are encroaching the community, or the Mauritius laws have problems that don’t allow the community to be “free” as it should be, or a combination of all that.

That’s not true. Other RIRs have rejected policy proposals because they conflicted with law, were out of scope for Number Resource Policy, and/or posed a material legal risk to the organization. It usually happens in those cases well before a proposal can reach consensus, so you don’t see the level of community involvement against the board decision that you are seeing in this case, but I can pretty much guarantee you that if the equivalent of the board prerogatives proposal were brought into the PDP in any of the other RIRs, it would not survive to implementation, even if it somehow wasn’t killed prior to the consensus process (which is the most likely outcome).
> Note also that I’d a conference call with the staff, including the legal staff, a few weeks ago (it was openly disclosed in the list), and I reached the same conclusion even before having access to the IAs: the Board is restricted by Mauritius laws which don’t understand what are the resources and the PDP/community.

It doesn’t matter whether the law understands or not. The organization is still subject to the law and still must obey it.


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