[AfrICANN-discuss] US screening new gTLD applicants against US laws

Dandjinou Pierre pdandjinou at gmail.com
Thu Dec 16 23:44:12 SAST 2010

Dear All,

The issue of ICANN's close linkage with the USG has been a concern since
1998. And as Alice mentionned, the President Strategy committee, of which I
was a member, did give a lengthy thought on ways in internationalizing ICANN
and had to recommend that ICANN consider its evolution into an international
organization. We had studies on hosting ICANN in at least 4 other locations
outside the US, but the judicial and legal conditions were not easy to

Now, shall we wait for the US/Obama to work for 'One Internet for all?' I
don't think so. For many reasons, one of them being the legacy, business
opportunities and security of the Net, the US will not let go. For Africa,
it should continue the policy work/discussions with other continents, and
also start some research inside the continent so that it could contribute to
the Internet development and stop being a mere consumer. We know that
countries such as China have been working on a separate DNS.

As Internet professionals, we should make sure our countries participate to
the GAC and continue to hammer their own issues which are capacity building
at all levels, mainly the development of a sound African Internet industry
and business .

Pierre Dandjinou
On Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 1:11 PM, Vika Mpisane <vika at zadna.org.za> wrote:

> That's an interesting explanation you've given, McTim! And it makes some
> sense, but then the reality is that Obama will have to do more to show that
> the US is pushing for "one world, one internet". Unfortunately this can't
> wait until the next US elections.
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: McTim [mailto:dogwallah at gmail.com]
> > Sent: 16 December 2010 05:08 PM
> > To: africann at afrinic.net
> > Cc: vika at zadna.org.za; ethinktanktz
> > Subject: Re: [AfrICANN-discuss] US screening new gTLD applicants against
> US
> > laws
> >
> > Hi Badru,
> >
> > On Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 5:52 PM, Badru Ntege (NFT)
> > <badru.ntege at nftconsult.com> wrote:
> >
> > >
> > > Just like we keep on hitting bad government in Africa until they
> conform
> we
> > > also need to keep lobbying for change on this issue until the Dept of
> trade
> >
> > It's not the Department of Commerce that is holding up the show, it's
> > politics.
> >
> > Obama needs to run again.  If the US Gov't let the IANA "float away"
> > to ICANN, the Republicans would use it during the next campaign to
> > crucify Obama.  I can see the campaign attack ads in my mind... "Our
> > tax dollars built the Internet and Obama just gave it away, what kind
> > of American is he??"  Of course, it's nonsense, but the US electorate
> > is notoriously gullible.
> >
> > In any case, we have to hope for a 2nd Obama administration where such
> > concerns will be moot, and we can finally see some action on this.
> >
> >
> > --
> > Cheers,
> >
> > McTim
> > "A name indicates what we seek. An address indicates where it is. A
> > route indicates how we get there."  Jon Postel
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