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

John Ngwoke john.ngwoke at
Wed Apr 12 17:10:14 UTC 2017

Looking at the section 13.1 a and 13.2 as stated below;

13.1 In the event of an internet shutdown performed at the order of a
government that is either total or partial:

   1. For a period of 12 months following the end of the shutdown – AFRINIC
   will allocate no resources to the government of the countryThis also
   applies to all government owned entities and entities that have direct
   provable relationships with said government.

13.2 In the event of a government performing 3 or more such shutdowns in a
period of 10 years – all resources to the aforementioned entities shall be
revoked and no allocations to said entities shall occur for a period of 5

My worry is the effect it will have on certain AFRINIC members that are not
that Government like Federal Universities, State Universities, and other
research institute, tec as I stated before.

My submission now is that it can be rephrase to something like this;
   13.1 a. For a period of 12 months following the end of shutdown -AFRINIC
will allocate no resources to the Government of the country, which are; The
offices of all arms of that Government, the Communication regulatory body
since the regulatory body is the one executing the order that comes from
the Government and any other entity that provides internet services to that

By this, it will affect that Government directly. The effect which i
believe the regulatory body will communicate them, I think will control
them from making any decision of internet shutdown.

On Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 3:17 PM, Sander Steffann <sander at> wrote:

> Hi Mark,
> > For many years, I've viewed the Internet as the great equaliser.
> >
> > Any government that denies Internet access to its people should be
> > "encouraged" not to do so. This Policy certainly goes in that direction.
> I think it's a bit dangerous for us to try and make specific
> control/sanction mechanisms for governments.
> I therefore propose to broaden this proposal up and not just include
> governments but everybody who takes away other's internet access on a large
> scale. I don't care that much if it's a government shutdown, a DDOS or a
> hijack. Why don't we refuse to give addresses to anyone who consciously
> takes away someone else's internet access? We might want to exclude
> entities that have to execute a court order, but otherwise...
> Cheers,
> Sander
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