An update on the AfriNIC situation

Mark Tinka mark at
Mon Aug 30 14:29:43 UTC 2021

On 8/30/21 16:19, Owen DeLong via NANOG wrote:

> This is neither a fair nor accurate portrayal of the situation. Further, by acting as it had, AFRINIC was the one which tried to suffocate CI first.

Yeah... look ma, he started it...

> You may not like Lu and/or his business model. I’m not a fan of his business model myself, but it is technically permitted under existing policy. If the community doesn’t like that fact, there is a process to change the policies. Terminating a member based on rules which don’t actually exist, on the other hand sets a very dangerous and corrupt precedent and is a threat to the trust we all want to have in the RIR system.

AFRINIC were stopped from revoking the space. End of. Move on to the 
next thing that does not spite your face.

But alas, the next thing - as you rightly say, to fix this via policy or 
some other consensus-based method - is not possible because the very 
organization for which the policies must be designed isn't sure if it 
will be working the next minute.

The logic is sound.


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