RIPE NCC Executive Board election

Wed May 13 10:18:05 UTC 2020

Hi Ronald,

The election starts today, but in order to be able to vote, you need to pre-register with your organizations before 16:00 Amsterdam time *today*.

Here is the info and registration link:

and the list of candidates and links to their bios:


El 13/5/20 11:52, "NANOG en nombre de Ronald F. Guilmette" <nanog-bounces at en nombre de rfg at> escribió:

    Many of you here may be dues-paying members of both ARIN and RIPE.

    Those of you who are may wish to be aware of the fact that there will
    be an election held on (I believe) May 14th, just a day or two from
    now, for three open RIPE NCC Executive Board seats.

    I have it on good authority that one of the candidates running for
    the open RIPE NCC board seats in this election has hired legal
    counsel in South Africa, and that said legal counsel has then
    proceeded to threaten various officials of the City of Cape Town,
    South Africa with possible legal action if they do not relinquish
    to him their rights in and title to the block, a
    block that all historical records, including even ARIN "WhoWas"
    historical records show, clearly and unambiguously, has been
    legally registered to the City of Cape Town for over twenty years.
    (I am assured that at no time did the City of Cape Town ever sell,
    trade, or barter away their rights to this valuable IPv4 block,
    and that they are defending themselves, as best as they can, against
    this attempt to extort them out of their rightful prooperty.)

    Where I come from, this kind of thing is called barratry, but you
    be the judge.

    In any case, prior to the RIPE election, I wanted to let you all
    know these facts about the candidate in question, as well as a
    number of additional startling facts relating to the people who
    nominated this candidate for a RIPE NCC Executive board seat, as
    documented by my friend, South African journalist Jan Vermeulen:

    I could go into more detail about many of the nominators mentioned
    in the above article, but I don't want to make this email too long,
    so I'll await some explict request for that additional info.  For now
    it should suffice to make at least some of the basic facts more widely
    available, a task which is accomplished just by sharing the above link,


    P.S.  I have been specifically and explicitly enjoined and constrained
    from posting here anything at all that might smack of being either
    partisan or of an even vaguely "political" nature, and thus, I will
    refrain from doing so.  I would be remiss hoever if I did not at least
    note in passing that history records that in times such as these, when
    people of good character and good intent are, as they rightly should be,
    focused on the health and safety of themselves, their loved ones, and
    their professional collegues, and when the gaze of the world is elsewhere,
    persons of less than honorable intent reach for power and, with unfortunate
    regularity, obtain it.

    I cannot and do not ask that those of you who have been saddled with
    personal or local crises during this sad time turn away from those
    responsibilities to give attention to matters of Internet governance,
    however urgent those may appear at the moment.  For all of us, our first-
    order duty lies nearby, with family, friends, and collegues.  But for
    those of you who still have a few cycles to spare, I do ask that you
    consider carefully the newfound and critical importance of this tool,
    this Internet, in the lives of so many millions, all around the world,
    and the self-evident risks of its governance being handed over, by default
    or otherwise, to persons with an interest only in what is best for them
    personally, to the exclusion of all else.

    P.P.S.  I would be posting this info and the above link also to the
    very relevant RIPE members-discuss mailing list, but as I am not a
    due-paying member of RIPE, I have no ability to do so.  Separately,
    due in no small part to the candidate's own recent and manifest on-list
    transgressions on that very list, that list has recently been switched
    to a heavy-handed moderation, under which, it seems, even discussion of
    the pros and cons of candidates in the upcoming RIPE NCC Executive Board
    election are now categorized as "too controversial" and thus, themselves,
    are now entirely off-limits.

    I cannot help but be reminded of a catch-phrase that I saw somewhere,
    not too long ago:

                     "Democracy dies in darkness."
                                      -- anon

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