[AfrICANN-discuss] ITU to control Internet?

Dr Yassin Mshana ymshana2003 at gmail.com
Thu Aug 9 17:11:02 SAST 2012

Interesting.....? oh wait a minute..does it mean.....a bit of control or
influence from ITU? After all, who constitutes ITU? Isn't it the same
constituents of the entire society? Yes - In that case ICANN is not going
to and should not be affected unless one calls for PDP on this....

On 9 August 2012 12:10, SM <sm at resistor.net> wrote:

> 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":
>> - control of ISP and content providers like google or facebook to name a
>> few,
>> - 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.
> Regards,
> -sm
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