[Community-Discuss] [rpd] New Policy Proposal - "Anti-Shutdown (AFPUB-2017-GEN-001-DRAFT-01)"

Arsène Tungali arsenebaguma at gmail.com
Thu Apr 13 12:59:06 UTC 2017

If this proposal was simply to forge discussion around this topic, then the
authors won and I salute that result! I would love it to stay that way and
not to be adopted by this community for the number of reasons so eloquently
mentioned here. If I haven’t said it clearly, I oppose this policy.

Just read the article on theregistry.co.uk, a UK mainstream media, while no
African newspaper thought of publishing it (or are they even aware of the
ongoing discussion?) I simply love it and the way they put it. Anyone who
is not familiar with this process will think it is something the AFRINIC
Board is working on, rather than a simple proposal put forward by three
community members (even if authors were mentioned as well).

In my opinion, authors of this article made it sound like a warning to
African governments, that Afrinic is working on a policy that will punish
them if they dare shutting down the Internet; which is beautiful! I am sure
if some governments read it, their impression (or trust) on afrinic will
start to be altered (as many people have pointed out on this list).

On the other hand, if none reaches to AFRINIC to ask for explanation (such
as through the afrinic forum with Governments), that would mean they might
also be worried of the registry daring to play such a role, of punishing
them for their “sovereign” actions.

Despite some errors in the article (wondering whether the author is on this
list), I would encourage more press to feature this discussion and then at
the end, because the policy will be withdrawn (I really hope), AFRINIC can
make it clear that the community didn’t find it suitable and that as a
registry, it is not part of their mandate.

**Arsène Tungali**
Co-Founder & Executive Director, *Rudi international
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*Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo*

2015 Mandela Washington Felllow
(YALI) - ISOC Ambassador (IGF Brazil
& Mexico
- AFRISIG 2016 <http://afrisig.org/afrisig-2016/class-of-2016/> - Blogger
<http://tungali.blogspot.com> - ICANN Fellow (Los Angeles
<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-07-18-en> & Marrakech
). AFRINIC Fellow (Mauritius
- *IGFSA Member <http://www.igfsa.org/> - Internet Governance - Internet

Check the 2016 State of Internet Freedom in DRC report

2017-04-13 14:31 GMT+02:00 Bope Domilongo Christian <christianbope at gmail.com

> Dear all,
> I have been following this policy discussion passionately.
> I do understand the need of keeping Internet up all the time knowing it's
> importance for economies, educations, developpement and other.
> We should engage countries using different channels such AFGWG, AU and
> other multistakeholder in our community.
> What this policy is trying to solve is not in AfriNIC mandate or might
> potentially serve personal interest and other interest groups not even the
> people's or Community at large.
> I recall during AfriNIC meeting in Mauritius last December 2016, the same
> group of people claim that the Audit Policy put the organizational at  Risk
> because it will revoke ressouces if Members dit not complied. Today theu
> want AfriNIC to revoke ressouces.  What will the anti - shutdown  do to the
> organization?
> To be honest this policy  is not solving anything instead is putting
> AfriNIC at high risk and need to be withdrawn.
> On 13 Apr 2017 6:48 a.m., "Tutu Ngcaba" <pan.afrikhan at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 13 Apr 2017 12:32 p.m., "Andrew Alston" <Andrew.Alston at liquidtelecom.c
> om> wrote:
> Interestingly enough – this policy has already served as a catalyst for
> global discussion – and continues to do so.
> It has appeared all over twitter, it appeared on theregister.co.uk, it
> has appeared in discussion
> I read and this is sad.
> In that fake article like Donald Trump would say, it states that:
> https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/04/12/no_ip_addresses_for_countries/
> "Governments that cut off internet access to their citizens could find
> themselves refused new IP addresses under a proposal put forward by one of
> the five global IP allocation organizations."
> The fake article continues with another lie about the Afrinic meeting in
> Botwana in June as below.
> "The suggested clampdown
> <https://www.afrinic.net/en/community/policy-development/policy-proposals/2061-anti-shutdown-01> will
> be considered at the next meeting of internet registry Afrinic in Botswana
> in June: "
> This Writter Mccarthy must have been paid to promote this nonsense about
> the Afrinic and our region and to make it worse its on foreign media.
> What kind of image such article will have on the Afrinic.
> Did the Arthors have anything to do with this.?
> Can the Afrinic condemn this kind of article written to disgress it even
> if the Afrinic condemns internet shuts.
> Best Regards,
> Tutu Ngcaba
> Kwazulu Techno Hubs
> South Africa
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