[AfrICANN-discuss] ITU to control Internet?

Victor Ndonnang ndonnang at isoc-cameroon.org
Thu Aug 9 15:48:10 SAST 2012

Hi Nacer,

Do you really think that the ITU can do the job better than, It is done
today? I think we don't need to change the model that is working fine
because of political reasons. The ITU is in charge of telecommunications and
Telecom is different to the Internet.

The issue of renegotiation of the ITRs was initially discussed in closed
doors, despite of the little openness that we are seen now, the ITU only
listen to Its member states and not to the Internet community. Every member
state is invited to comment proposals of modification to the ITRs or propose
their owns. In some countries, the process is open, in others, It is close.
In Cameroon for example, there is a working group on that issue created by
the ministry of Posts and Telecommunications and you can ask to be invited
to join the working group. For Africa, there will be a regional meeting
before the WCIT and I don't know if at the end there will be a common
African position.  

Thanks to SM for his comments. The Internet is a gift bring to us by the US,
they invested a lot to get what we have today. Today It is a public gift and
I'm not supporting those who want to take it away from the US. May It would
lead to something else with different name.

Best regards,
Ps. For your information, find attached the ITRs document with proposed

-----Message d'origine-----
De : africann-bounces at afrinic.net [mailto:africann-bounces at afrinic.net] De
la part de SM
Envoyé : jeudi 9 août 2012 13:11
À : Adamou Nacer
Cc : africann at afrinic.net
Objet : Re: [AfrICANN-discuss] ITU to control Internet?

Hi Adamou,
At 01:49 09-08-2012, Adamou Nacer wrote:
>The US president signed an executive order on July 6 that autorizes 
>him to take control off all national medias, including Internet. I 
>didn't read the executive order myself, but my source (see [2] in 
>french) give some ideas on what can be operationnally an "Internet
>- control of ISP and content providers like google or facebook to name a
>- control of root servers (as far as I know, 3/4 of root servers are 
>hosted in US) and the master root server.

Thanks for the explanation.

>It means to push for "ITU to take Internet governance away from the 
>Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and 
>other organizations" and to change "International Telecommunication 
>Regulations" to regulate Internet instead of its "open, 
>consensus-based, multistakeholder model for standards setting and 
>Internet policy development" [3].

The press release from ISOC mentions that:

  "The Board noted that the success of the Internet has been driven by open,
   consensus-based standards processes embodied in organizations such as the
   Internet Engineering Task Force"

There is no mention of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and 
Numbers in it.  The only reference to names and numbers would be 
"Adversely impact Internet naming, numbering, and addressing".  The 
press release does not provide any further details.

>I don't agree with these new proposals. But Internet is US-centric 
>and I feel this is an issue of the same nature to what is propoed. 
>So I asked two questions:
>- is there an African common position on this discussion?

The countries from Africa which have sent comments about the ITRs are 
Egypt and Ivory Coast.  There has been some open discussion about the 
proposed changes in the European region.  I haven't seen any comments 
about an African common position.


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