[Community-Discuss] "Fighting Internet Shutdown" - Any Role for AFRINIC?

Dewole Ajao dewole at forum.org.ng
Fri Apr 14 21:10:53 UTC 2017

Give this Borg a pint on me!

The AFRINIC board (whose members are domiciled in different parts of the continent) is already strategically positioned to drive some of the hand-holding and lobbying that is needed. 

Can we update the Terms of Reference for board members to reflect same and measure impact on a fairly regular basis? Just to make sure it is acted on. 

Dewole 🤠 (wearing no hats at all)

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> On 14 Apr 2017, at 6:15 PM, Chevalier du Borg <virtual.borg at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2017-04-13 13:21 GMT+04:00 Seun Ojedeji <seun.ojedeji at gmail.com>:
>>  I wonder how AFRINIC can futher leverage on this to drive down the point about why government needs to stop considering a shutdown of internet or certain service as an option.
> You think this logic will make sense to the brain of a dictator?  - not sure, unless there is legal system in place to stop that. Therefore AfriNIC may consider a longtime plan to make sure right laws exist in each country to prohibit shutdown. Yes, it will take long time and lot of
> -- capacity building
> -- lobbying (more work for board)
> -- hand-holding like writing draft bills or policy paper for lawmakers.
> -- have many regular conferences in Africa about this shutdowns
>> One other thing that comes to mind is whether AFRINIC can be pro-active instead of re-active i.e they are made aware of the planned act and issue strong statement against it hoping that it will get to the ears of relevant authorities and get them to reconsider. This may also be effective if the relationship between AFRINIC and the AU (and regional bodies like ECOWAS, EAC, COMESA etc) is strengthened as that can serve as a channel of communication to the respective governments.
> These body are key, including other like Mo Ibrahim Foundation. They know the politique better than AfriNIC can. What AfriNIC can do better than all of them is provide fact/measure/data to back up shutdowns, then work with organisation like UNECA or World Bank to quantitate cost of these shutdown.
> This must be War, not battle and let see board show some leadership here that is strategic. AfriNIC cannot just be like IBM that sell computers to Hitler and claim "we are not getting involve in politics"
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