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AFRINIC is a nonprofit, membership-based organization. It provides the management of Internet number resources and offers the professional and efficient distribution of Internet number resources to the African Internet community, supports Internet technology usage and development across the continent, and strengthens Internet self-governance in Africa through a bottom-up, multi-stakeholder Policy Development Process (PDP). It was founded in 2004 and is based in Cybercity, Mauritius.

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AFRINIC warns members of fake news campaign, voting rights grab

May 16, 2023

Tue 16 May 2023 // 01:58 UTC The African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC), the continent's regional internet registry, has advised members of a misinformation campaign regarding elections it hasn't scheduled – and named internet governance lobby group the Number Resource Society (NRS) as the source. In a message shared with its community this month, the registry wrote: "Some AFRINIC members are being contacted and informed about an upcoming AFRINIC board election that is purportedly being held physically. Members are also being solicited to vote for specific candidates and in exchange for their travel expenses to be covered." But AFRINIC has no plans for a board election. Indeed, AFRINIC currently has no board nor CEO due to complex litigation that has left it in a precarious state . The message, which sources showed to The Register, stated: "We wish to inform our members that this information is misleading. As at this date, we have no indication of when an AFRINIC board election will be undertaken." An AFRINC source told The Register the source of the campaign is the NRS. The Register asked NRS for its side of the story, and the body has not responded. The earlier letter from AFRINIC also stated: "We ask all AFRINIC members to ignore such messages and further remind you of the need to keep your MyAFRINIC credentials safe at all times. Please do not share your credentials despite solicitations from obscure and fictitious organisations." AFRINIC issued a similar warning in March. At that time, the org alleged that correspondence from unnamed sources asked AFRINIC members "to sign a power of attorney form and surrender their MyAFRINIC portal credentials with them for the purpose of casting a vote for board member's seat." MyAFRINIC is a portal to AFRINIC services, including voting in the registry's elections. An attempt to harvest credentials for MyAFRINIC is therefore concerning, especially as internet governance policy concerns lie at the heart of the complex litigation that has led to the AFRINIC being unable to appoint a CEO or hold elections. Any entity that gained access to numerous AFRINIC member credentials could therefore potentially swing a bloc of votes behind a board candidate or a policy change. This is getting weird The NRS has just lately put some eyebrow-raising claims. On Sunday it published a video alleging the Number Resource Organisation ( NRO ), a nexus of the world's internet registries, has attempted to freeze AFRINIC out of its activities and deprive Africa of representation. The situation is more nuanced: the NRO sought a legal opinion about whether it can conduct business while AFRINIC is unable to supply it with a member. The video also alleged the NRO "may want AFRINIC to fail." The opposite is correct: in late March the NRO detailed its plans to support the African organization and called for global DNS overseer ICANN to assist its efforts. Further NRS, er, opinion can be found in this video , posted on May 13, that alleges election rules at the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) provide unfair advantages to candidates representing national internet registries (NIRs). NRS made that allegation after receiving information that shows "some candidates have access to data that gives them an unfair advantage over other candidates." The video also mentions that APNIC's recent elections saw candidates nominated by NIRs elected, and the NRS's slate of four candidates fail to win a seat.

AFRINIC Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • When was AFRINIC founded?

    AFRINIC was founded in 2004.

  • Where is AFRINIC's headquarters?

    AFRINIC's headquarters is located at Cybercity.

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