[AfrICANN-discuss] ITU to control Internet?

Maina Noah mainanoa at gmail.com
Thu Aug 9 21:32:11 SAST 2012

On 9 August 2012 11:49, Adamou Nacer <adamou.nacer at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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?

None that i am certain off.

> - Is this US-centric model not a concern for Africa?

The INTERNET shall remain more US-Centric is we don't as stakeholder don't
grow our own Internet. Which is why the promotion of IXP's is significant
across the continent.

The Chinese in the past couple of years started growing their own Internet
and stats indicate that even on the social network seen, they don't care
about facebook and Google has struggled to set a foot-print in
china-mainland with only the exception of the obvious HoghKong.

I say stop worrying about the US and its politics and lets work on building
our own INTERNET in Africa and each sovereign country and even if tomorrow
Google closes shop, you can still continue with business locally.

Promote IXP's build the local and African INTERNET but do business the rest
of the world where need be.

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