[AfrICANN-discuss] flowery - Re: AfrICANN Digest, Vol 28, Issue 3 - ICANN JPA

Dr Yassin Mshana ymshana2003 at gmail.com
Mon Jun 8 16:12:03 SAST 2009

I am in agreement with that approach-by-separation or selective approach.
WSIS and other Processes are part and parcel of this issue. After all there
is only One Community. It triggers a wide discussion once the keyword
"Internet" is mentioned....
The Wall that is separating these bodies is...... Policies and Economic
Gains of the constituents due to lack of Integration

And.....While on it: The ICANN Board is and will more be accountable to the
Community as a self-governing body. We are dealing with a new phenomenon
therefore there is no comparison, model or template to apply on this: there
is need to formulate a new method to govern or manage the Internet ....
(back to you Nii)



2009/6/8 Nii Quaynor <quaynor at ghana.com>

> Paulos,
> The Internet Governance in scope of WSIS is much larger than the narrow
> technical coordination as in ICANN. Doc/NTIA have asked for input on a
> specific relationship it has with ICANN in an NOI and I think we should
> respond strictly on that. Presumably we will respond to WSIS and others ask
> us for input.
> Nii
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Dr Paulos Nyirenda" <
> paulos at sdnp.org.mw>
> To: "Dandjinou Pierre" <pdandjinou at gmail.com>; <africann at afrinic.net>
> Sent: Monday, June 08, 2009 9:49 AM
> Subject: [AfrICANN-discuss] flowery - Re: AfrICANN Digest, Vol 28,Issue 3 -
> Considering that Internte Governnace was one very sticky issue that
> WSIS could not resolve, this seems very flowery. Regards, Paulos
> On 5 Jun 2009 at 22:38, Dandjinou Pierre wrote:
>> Dear All,
>> Following the responsesto the series of questions , we now need
>> toconclude.I am therefore proposing the following text for your
>> perusal and review. feel free to amend as English is not my mother
>> tongue; Also, bear in mind we should be sending this to the NTIA by
>> the 7th June.
>> Finally, this text which is meant torepresent the views of members
>> of this discussion list does not prevent us from sending any
>> individual comments as a response to the NOI..
>> Pierre D
>> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>> -------------------------------------
>> The Africa ICANN Discussion List members provide the following
>> comments in response to the National Telecommunications and
>> Information Administration Notice of Inquiry "Assessment of the
>> Transition of the Technical Coordination and Management of the
>> Internet's Domain Name and Addressing System [Docket No. 090420688-
>> 9689-01]."
>> In a view to provide comments which reflect the general views of the
>> Africa region on the termination of the JPA agreement and thereof a
>> final report on the DNS project, members of the Africann list , a
>> discussion list for Africans who are interested in Icann´s matters ,
>> organized an online brain storming session. The Group is now happy
>> to submit its deliberations to the National Telecommunication Agency
>> (NTIA).
>> According to ICANN's mission statement, it coordinates the allocation
>> and assignment of the three sets of unique identifiers for the
>> Internet, which are: Domain names; Internet protocol addresses and
>> Autonomous system numbers; Protocol port and parameter numbers. After
>> its 11 years of existence, ICANN has served as the testbed for many
>> initiatives that have come to make the Internet an ever growing space
>> for communication and knowledge sharing. The Africa region is
>> particularly marked by the new developments which ICANN has generated
>> in its core business of DNS and IP address management. Thus, the
>> bottom up approach to policy development, the constant search for
>> transparency and accountability constitute the overarching features
>> which ICANN has struggled for since 1998. Indeed, since then, the
>> successive MoUs which have delineated ICANN´s perimeter have provided
>> an outlet for an experiment which spans diverse issues and cross
>> sector relationships.
>> In performing its function as the custodian and coordinator of those
>> critical resources that are domain names and IP addresses, ICANN has
>> constantly striven to be open, transparent and accountable. The JPA
>> and the subsequent MoUs have certainly provided the framework for
>> this coordination which has now given its global and international
>> nature to ICANN. While the Africa region benefitted from the ICANN´s
>> experience in many ways, including the development of the African
>> Internetworking groups and associations and the growing participation
>> to Icann´s policy development processes, Africa would like to recall
>> that Internet being a global goods, its sound and effective
>> coordination should continue to be operated along those criterion and
>> procedures that have given to the Internet its stability and secure
>> operation.
>> The ICANN´s experiment has proven to be a success in many ways
>> including capacity development and cross fertilization of ideas and
>> knowledge. Its bylaws and internal mechanisms have ensured over the
>> year more transparency and accountability which portray ICANN as an
>> experiment in global self governance which could be replicated in
>> other institutional formulas. Therefore, termination of the JPA will
>> only reinforce its credibility at the global level. There is always
>> room for improvement and the termination of the JPA and the end of
>> the DNS project will only give ICANN its full dimension and potential
>> as a global and international and multistakeholder institution within
>> its restricted mission of coordinating the critical resources of the
>> Internet. One such room for improvement should be the role to be
>> played by governments in the specific layout of ICANN which guarantee
>> both openness , inclusiveness and freedom within the larger context
>> of the global Internet governance.
>> ..
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