[AfrICANN-discuss] Internet regulation at national level?

Poncelet Ileleji pileleji at ymca.gm
Wed Oct 31 10:34:14 SAST 2012

Hello Colleagues,

The discussions are now really touching the main "Juice" that affects
Africa ICT Ecosystem, which is great.  However as we start dwelling into
the issue of regulation especially on Adiel's earlier comment, we should
look seriously on the role of ISP's in IP address "regulation" in Africa.

I will end by this quote:

*"It is not the strongest of the species that survive,nor the most
intelligent. but those most responsive to change"*.*Charles Darwin*"



On 31 October 2012 08:14, Adiel Akplogan <adiel at afrinic.net> wrote:

> Dear all,
> First of all I think the discussion is getting real and start touching
> on some fundamental questions that we need to address in our region and
> which are the bottom-line for what we all seems to be looking for:
> Internet (and maybe more generally ICT) development in Africa for a
> sustainable socio-economical impact.
> In the mean time I have spot on an important issue raised several time
> in recent posts, which I would like us to get specific about and try
> to, in one hand understand the issue and in other hand look at way to
> address them efficiently. It is about IP address **regulation**.
> On 2012-10-31, at 09:48 AM, Pierre Lotis NANKEP <lnankep at yahoo.fr> wrote:
> I also heard that we should regulate IP numbers and domain names at
> national level. Well and good but how could this be done when IPs are
> administered globally(iana/nro) and regionally through afrinic?
> >>Please let us organise a Webinar on this topic... So some will
> >>have the opportunity to make some présentation in details.
> Just before going further on this, AfriNIC has initiated a Government
> Working Group open to Government Reps and Regulators with the goal to
> proactively create a framework for discussion and dialogue at that level
> on IP address and related issues. The working groups also have a mailing
> list afgwg-discuss at afrinic.net and several countries have already
> appointed liaison to that working group (http://meeting.afrinic.net/afgwg
> ).
> You can also use that forum to have this discussion with a wider Africa
> regulators/governments audience.
> Coming back to the point, Pierre N. and others on the list who have
> expressed concern in that area, can you be a bit more specify? Pierre has
> mentioned WHOIS services and data accuracy that need to be regulated.
> Putting aside the scary word "regulation" here, I will agree that WHOIS
> related issues are important to look at in our region. So in order to
> move the discussion forward, what are the "regulation" measures that you
> think government should take to solve the problem of accuracy? What are
> regulators doing right now to encourage Network Operator in their
> respective jurisdiction to properly register and update their IP addresses
> usage in the public WHOIS database already provided by AFRINIC? Can that
> already be a starting point?
> In April this year we have received a Policy proposal "AfriNIC Whois
> Database Clean-up" AFPUB-2012-GEN-001-DRAFT-01<http://www.afrinic.net/en/library/policies/archive/699-afrinic-whois-database-clean-up-draft1> (still under
> discussion)
> which, if approved by the community, will trigger a process to cleanup
> our IP address WHOIS database. That proposal in fact reinforced the fact
> that the issue of WHOIS data accuracy is also of concern for operators
> as well. How are regulators contributing to the debate and the elaboration
> of such a policy? How can this be efficiently translated into the local
> framework without creating unnecessary additional layer of bureaucracy
> and/or complexity? Simply put, what is your take on the policy proposal?
> I would encourage you and anyone interested to contribute to the
> discussion that is happening on that specific policy for instance by
> joining AFRINC RPD mailing list at rpd at afrinic.net]. More about our
> open Policy development Process can be found at:
> http://www.afrinic.net/en/community/policy-development
> Finally I would like to take on your suggestion to have a webminar session
> on the topic. AFRINIC will be happy to provide the logistic for it. But in
> order to plan it well, we will need to know how many people are interested
> first.
> Thank you.
> - a.
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