[AfrICANN-discuss] Who controls the internet?

Vika Mpisane vika at zadna.org.za
Thu Oct 18 21:47:35 SAST 2012

I note Alice's insightful & more informed take on the matter, but I'm even
encouraged by the comment of Milton Mueller:

Mueller says: "We're all 'prepared to fight the ITU' ­ but we're
ignoring threats that come from Icann, the US government and from nation
 states. We're not building the kind of new institutions we need to
govern the internet and keep it free."

I think Milton sums up well what's the issue with the current internet
governance landscape because as much as any supposed ITU "take-over" of
the Internet (although the ITU says it plans no such take-over) should be
challenged as it would threaten the open internet, ICANN too is not immune
to serious challenges that we should still address.


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On 2012/10/18 6:37 AM, "Victor Ndonnang" <ndonnang at isoc-cameroon.org>

>Thanks Anne-Rachel for share this interesting article.
>The same question with new answers. Anyway, this question will still
>for many years.
>Great input from Alice Munyua:
>"Western dominance is the one of the biggest challenges for developing
>nations, says Alice Munyua, a researcher and policy development expert,
>representing Kenya and Africa on forums such as Icann. "It is a big
>for African governments and stakeholders, and not just because of how the
>internet is governed, but how it is developed from a commercial and
>technical perspective," she said. "There is a feeling that we are not able
>to participate or contribute effectively because of the lack of capacity,
>skills and resources, so there's a digital divide in terms of access, but
>also in appropriating the internet for our own development."
>This, she believes, is the reason most African governments are supporting
>Arab proposals that countries should be compensated, by websites and
>internet services, for the flow of internet traffic they generate, and
>wide-ranging privacy protections be introduced with exceptions for law
>I is clear that the Multi-stakeholder model of the Internet Governance is
>Best regards,
>Victor Ndonnang.
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