[Community-Discuss] Internet shutdown in Africa

ABDULKARIM AYOPO OLOYEDE oloyede.aa at unilorin.edu.ng
Tue Apr 30 18:48:28 UTC 2019

Dear Ish,
Agreed but am not refereeing to ordinary users here. I was talking about
getting desperate news out in a shutdown situation.

On Tue, Apr 30, 2019 at 7:31 PM Ish Sookun <ish.sookun at lasentinelle.mu>

> Hi Abdulkarim,
> On 4/30/19 9:40 PM, ABDULKARIM AYOPO OLOYEDE wrote:
> >
> > Then my point about the "back door".
> > What I mean is that what we know about the internet today is a richly
> > interconnected network without a single killer switch.  The government
> > can only speak to ISP's within their domain to shut down the internet
> > within a country but there are other ways of bypassing that because of
> > the interconnections. This can be bypassing local connections or even
> > via the intranet of companies and so on. There are ways around it but
> > not ideal. I mentioned that just so that we know that there is no single
> > killer switch in a govermnet shutdown situation.
> >
> Thank you for the clarification.
> However, I look at it in a simple way. If I am an ordinary internet user
> and my ISP cuts my internet access following a government order, then I
> do not see an alternative that will allow me to access websites. For
> example, if there is an internet shutdown in Mauritius I will not be
> able to access www.afrinic.net.
> Regards,
> Ish Sookun

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