[AfrICANN-discuss] Re: Internet regulation at national level?

Pascal Bekono pbekono at gmail.com
Wed Oct 31 14:21:03 SAST 2012


> From: Adiel Akplogan <adiel at afrinic.net>
> Subject: Re: [AfrICANN-discuss] Internet regulation at national level?
> To: africann at afrinic.net
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> 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 (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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