[Community-Discuss] Internet shutdown in Africa

Iyedi Goma iyedigoma at gmail.com
Thu May 2 15:41:53 UTC 2019

hello sookun , Dewole, SM

i like your point of view, but we need to put every thing in the context
My question is: what is the influence or notoriety of local  IGF initiative
,MAG ? or WAIGF?
i know that most of you as been involve in IGF process in they country or
sub-region, what is the level of influence to the government ? let me
answer nothing
IGF initiative is not so  strong to constraint any government , in 2016 i
was in AFRICAN IGF we make a nice and strong statement again Internet
Shutdown , what as been the result nothing

This is not an easy matter we can not suggest to  the local IGF MAG to
solve this case alone, it will not  work
we may need to raise all the ecosystem to be involve (AFRINIC, IGF,
AFNOC,AU,A ITU, AF***, ISOC, ICANN .....) to be tougher as one, this may
one organization can not face, and solve this issue

best regards

Le mar. 30 avr. 2019 à 21:01, Ish Sookun <ish.sookun at lasentinelle.mu> a
écrit :

> Hi Dewole,
> On 4/30/19 11:25 PM, Dewole Ajao wrote:
> > I wouldn't say any website should be blocked. If the policy makers have
> > a concern (founded or unfounded), all we can do is try to educate them
> > and show them better ways to deal with their concerns. Now is the time
> > to start that engagement (if possible) - not after they have started
> > blocking stuff.
> I believe that fits the IGF.
> It would be ideal if a discussion could start here and reach people with
> decision-making mandates. At the moment, I do not see anything within
> AFRINIC that could take things beyond the mailing list, except the will
> of people.
> Benin is part of the West African Internet Governance Forum (WAIGF).
> There is no mention of the internet shutdown that happened in Benin at
> https://www.waigf.org/news. Shouldn't the regional IGFs write in support
> of internet users of Benin?
> Regards,
> Ish Sookun
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