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

Bonnie B Mtengwa bmtengwa at
Wed Apr 12 09:00:33 UTC 2017

Hello Fiona


Governments do pay attention to the multi-stakeholder internet governance model. I can tell you that I for one follow discussions here keenly and have represented my government in most AFRINIC meetings.

The “Anti-Shutdown” Proposal is an excellent start. After it has been agreed upon AFRINIC needs to engage other “Governmental” organisations e.g SADC, ECOWAS, etc for African Governments to really take note of it then we can see a change.



Bonnie B Mtengwa


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From: Fiona Asonga [mailto:tespok at] 
Sent: Wednesday, 12 April 2017 9:41 AM
To: Barrack Otieno <otieno.barrack at>
Cc: Ben Roberts <ben.roberts at>; rpd at
Subject: Re: [rpd] New Policy Proposal - "Anti-Shutdown (AFPUB-2017-GEN-001-DRAFT-01)"


Hallo Barrack,


Africa governments participation in the Internet governance conversations has been very low whether it is at AFRINIC or I* organizations. I believe that the governments need to pay attention to the multi stakeholder Internet governance engagement model and appreciate the right to access the internet as a basic right. We need to protect the right of access to information of the citizen as well as the investment of service providers in the regions where the governments shut down the internet. The community has the opportunity to influence equal access to an open internet system by all. Clearly, the statements from various quarters have had little influence and the governments seem less concerned or bothered to engage the community in this multi stakeholder governance discussion. If they had been interested they would have made more effort to participate in the Africa Governments Working Group (AFGWG) at Afrinic by sending in their representatives to the discussion. I believe that this policy will not only draw their attention to the need for engagement but also enable them realize the need to protect the citizens right of access to the internet and the investments of their private sector that creates jobs thereby influencing socio-economic development of their countries.


Kind regards




From: "Barrack Otieno" <otieno.barrack at <mailto:otieno.barrack at> >
To: "Keshwarsingh Nadan" <kn at <mailto:kn at> >
Cc: rpd at <mailto:rpd at> , sm+afrinic at <mailto:sm+afrinic at> , "Ben Roberts" <ben.roberts at <mailto:ben.roberts at> >, "Andrew Alston" <Andrew.Alston at <mailto:Andrew.Alston at> >, "Fiona Asonga" <tespok at <mailto:tespok at> >
Sent: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 5:55:57 AM
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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