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[AFRINIC-rpd] AFRINIC Response to Government Calls for an Arab RIR
sm at resistor.net
Wed Feb 27 18:27:11 UTC 2013
At 09:15 27-02-2013, Stephen Wilcox wrote:
>Its not really important - my point was that current RIRs exist
>around natural geographic areas rather than artificially defined
>political or linguistic areas that may not be contiguous.
The "natural geographic areas" is debatable.
>Actually, I rather wish the rest of my post had been commented on -
>this to me is clearly a continuation of the political lobbying from
>the same groups that caused the ITU WCIT meeting to split and it
>more about regulatory control and monetization of the Internet.
The Internet is many things to many people. Many years ago someone
from the ASO made a suggestion which, in my opinion, is related to
the "many things to many people". Unfortunately, there wasn't any follow-up.
According to the ITU "decisions can have huge political, social and
financial consequences". It should not be a surprise that there is a
continuation of political lobbying.
I'll comment on your previous message.
At 08:17 26-02-2013, Stephen Wilcox wrote:
>Who exactly is behind the request - what countries/organizations?
The only information which has been provided is:
"The matter has been raised and promoted by representatives of certain
governments in the Arab community."
>WTSA and WCIT introduced some highly contentious issues which
>ultimately split the world's opinions and was not ratified by most
>of the developed world. It feels to me that
Some of the mailing list subscribers might not be from the developed world.
> having lost that battle perhaps the same proponents are now
> looking for alternative ways to steer control. It is possible
> within a smaller region (AfriNIC/RIPE) that maybe there are ways in
> which a majority might be formed which are ultimately regional.
I don't think that RIPE is a small region.
>I'm not clear how IP addresses help, but clearly passing control of
>IP towards governments opens the scope for regulation. Since its
>inception the management of Internet resources has avoided being
>controlled by any government entities. And this is not in any way a
>new idea but has so far been held back by the fact that the Internet
>was not designed this way and became what it is through precisely
>the opposite of this.
It's not a matter of what I believe. In my opinion the above is debatable.
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