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[rpd] New Policy Proposal - "Anti-Shutdown (AFPUB-2017-GEN-001-DRAFT-01)"

Andrew Alston Andrew.Alston at
Wed Apr 12 03:09:14 UTC 2017

Hi Barrack,

There have been MANY attempts to engage governments over this – none to any avail.

We have attempted to be careful in our wording of this policy – and hence target it at the state and at parastatals, rather than private entities within those countries.  Let me be very clear – the policy does not penalize private entities or entities unrelated to state – it only goes after the state and the entities which it owns – and yes – it is draconian – it is the equivalent of sanctioning.  But other efforts so far have failed – this is why we are now 84 days into a shutdown that is directly targeting one language group in Cameroon with no end in sight.

So while those engagements can continue, and I do not dispute they should, it is time to strengthen the hand and use EVERY tool at our disposal to say NO MORE.  Engagement is not precluded by other actions, indeed it is a multi-pronged approach.


From: Barrack Otieno <otieno.barrack at>
Date: Wednesday, 12 April 2017 at 05:55
To: Keshwarsingh Nadan <kn at>
Cc: "rpd at" <rpd at>, "sm+afrinic at" <sm+afrinic at>, Ben Roberts <Ben.Roberts at>, Andrew Alston <Andrew.Alston at>, Fiona Asonga <tespok at>
Subject: Re: [rpd] New Policy Proposal - "Anti-Shutdown (AFPUB-2017-GEN-001-DRAFT-01)"

Hi colleagues,

Interesting proposal, given the role of governments in our eco-system , i would be keen to understand whether the same has gone through the AFRINIC  Government working group as Seun has indicated and their views on the same, i think we should endeavour to keep the Internet on at all costs, any punitive measure that can result in switching off the Internet or denying users access in any part of the world is not ideal in my humble opinion.

On Apr 12, 2017 1:52 AM, "Keshwarsingh Nadan" <kn at<mailto:kn at>> wrote:

>In Section 1 of AFPUB-2017-GEN-001-DRAFT-01, it is stated that "these
>shutdowns have been shown to cause economic damage".  Could you
>please provide some data about the economic damage?

I confine myself within bounds better suited to my own capacity, perhaps this could help?

>What is the meaning of "direct provable relationships" in Section 13.1?

It is my belief that you should unsubscribe from this list since you were unable to understand the basic meaning of whatever you quoted above.
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