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

Badru Ntege badru.ntege at
Wed Apr 12 20:05:03 UTC 2017

On 4/12/17, 9:38 PM, "Mark Elkins" <mje at> wrote:


Not really. The Policy is intended to affect the people/departments/decision makers that are actually causing a shutdown to happen.

But governments serve the populace and decisions are made by individuals.  What impact will this policy make on a head of state or internal security organ of a totalitarian country.??  Who makes a unilateral decision ??

 i.e. - not Universities, Hospitals, Businesses or Joe Public.

If the Government were also to suddenly change (Arab Spring style) then the ban would also presumably be immediately lifted.

What right do we have to set the moral high ground ??  And who are we ??  

 After all - what is the point of AFRINIC (whose fundamental role is to promote Internet growth and penetration in Africa) servicing governments who don't allow the people to have Internet service, or who keep switching it off.

There are many ways of preventing internet access to the masses, starting with affordability ??  High taxes on internet services, and failure to provide the conducive environment.  Which condition will you choose ??

 ps. Can someone point me to an article or two that explains the reason why the anglophones have been denied Internet in the Cameroon.


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