[Community-Discuss] Internet Shutdown session at AIS 2017

Tutu Ngcaba pan.afrikhan at gmail.com
Thu Apr 13 16:34:50 UTC 2017

Dear Brother Ish,

You are very correct. Most of the politicians are ignorant about technology
even the ministers are normally not technology people.

I remember the senator of America called Ted Cruz who went to the USA
congress to propose ideas that  can stop a piece of Internet the ICANN from
being managed under global governance.

So sometimes the politicians are ignorant. So the Afrinic should invite
technical government people who can explain to the politicians in lay man
language about importance of open internet.

This problem is very serious and more education and engagement is the best
way and platform to reach out to the politicians.

Best Regards,

Tutu Ngcaba
Kwazulu Techno Hubs
South Africa

On 13 Apr 2017 7:19 p.m., "Ish Sookun" <ish at lsl.digital> wrote:

> Hi Kris,
> On 04/13/2017 06:53 PM, Kris Seeburn wrote:
> > May be interesting to have the ICT ministers or information ministers as
> > well. The director generals also act on instructions but both are as
> > important in such maters that we should envisage at our best to get them
> > on board and listen in and participate or at least the senior advisors
> > to the minister of ICT.  Just thought as they are key to anything that
> > happens.
> I see Alan has mentioned that the meeting is happening in Kenya. If that
> were in a local context, i.e Mauritius, I would be a little skeptical to
> have the TCI Minister or "senior advisors" involved.
> Advisors or officers close to ministers are mostly known to be yes-man,
> while the ministers themselves have most of the time little experience
> in the field of technology, communication or yet about innovation. The
> post of advisor is often given as "gift" to political agents who might
> not necessarily have any interest beyond their own political advancement
> (instead of technology advancement).
> It might produce better results to have people who are technology
> influencers and who understand & can also disseminate the information in
> the right way. Digital freedom activists are to be considered as well.
> NGOs involved in the promotion of technology for social impact are good
> candidates.
> Regards,
> --
> Ish Sookun
> I drink coffee and manage Linux servers for lexpress.mu.
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