[AfrICANN-discuss] me.ga suspended

Dr Eberhard Lisse el at lisse.NA
Thu Nov 8 16:32:14 SAST 2012



It DOES NOT MATTER what happens in New Zealand, and whether Mr
Dotcom is a crook.

These are totally separate issues.  Even crooks have rights.

I personally would trust him as far as I can throw him, but if he
has registered a domain name, he has registered the domain name.
Under an Agreement probably, and in exchange for a consideration.

To take a name down before it is even involved in any activity,
nefarious or otherwise just puts Africa deeper in the hole as far as
I am concerned.

I could also be construed as substantial misbehavior...

Businesses wishing to pay for something like to have predictability
in addition to reasonable service.

Many westerners bad mouth us because of our institutional issues,
because of our governance issues, and because of our reliability
issues, to put it mildly.

And I recall vividly many years ago at ICANN in Wellington InternetX
venting their frustrations about African Registries.  I speak
regularly with the big Registrars and their Africa desk managers.
They are not impressed, generally...

And what do we do?  We confirm their stereotypes.

Never mind that the "Internet Governance" means nothing as blatant
government grab of more or less valuable property or property
perceived as potentially such, so the Deputy Undersecretary for
Paper Clips' son in law can get a job and travel in style, even if
the Registry is bankrupt for several years in a row.

greetings, el

on 2012-11-08 15:18 Ben Fuller said the following:
> Makes one wonder how many of these state run/funded cctld agencies
> would have the conjones or the legal ability to stand up to a
> government/minister's order that is politically motivated.
> Especially if those agencies depend on government for all or part
> of their funding.
> Have to admit that I haven't closely followed the Mega Upload/Kim
> Dotcom issue.  But, IIRC that concerns have been raised in New
> Zealand about the way in which governments have dealt with his
> arrest and seizure of assets.  If correct, then one needs to think
> a lot about protecting people's rights and due process.
> Ben
> On Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 2:48 PM, Nii Narku Quaynor
> <quaynor at ghana.com <mailto:quaynor at ghana.com>> wrote:
>     Ack!
>     On Nov 8, 2012, at 12:12, Dr Eberhard W Lisse <el at lisse.na
>     <mailto:el at lisse.na>> wrote:
>>     Nii,
>>     it is not even this time ok.
>>     el

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