An update on the AfriNIC situation

Masataka Ohta mohta at
Mon Aug 30 00:41:22 UTC 2021

John Levine wrote:

> I would be astonished if ICANN had a position. For one thing, they
> have no provision for dealing with competing IP registries since the
> issue has never come up


	ICP-2: Criteria for Establishment of New Regional
	Internet Registries
	2) The new RIR must demonstrate that it has the broad
	support of the LIRs (ISP community) in the proposed region

if overwhelming majority, which means there is no competition,
of LIRs in AfriNIC region request to abandon AfriNIC and to
have an alternate RIR, ICANN should honor the request.

> For another, they are extremely allergic to
> anything that might even possibly involve them in a lawsuit.
ICANN was established to protect governance structure (including
RIRs, of course) of the Internet free from government (especially
USG) interventions. As such, ICANN is expected to work to isolate
African RIR operations from existing lawsuit.

						Masataka Ohta

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