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

Tutu Ngcaba pan.afrikhan at
Thu Apr 13 07:17:39 UTC 2017

On 13 Apr 2017 10:03 a.m., "Timothy Ola Akinfenwa" <
akin.akinfenwa at> wrote:

+1 Seun, Arsené and Badru

​The case of Internet
Shutdown is not only ​sensitive but very serious and should be treated as

Brother Timothy,

I know everyone knows its a hot issue when internet shuts by government as
no communication on whatsapp or the social apps.

But Afrinic responsibility is supporting internet growth and expansion not
the other way round.

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 country. This also
   applies to all government owned entities and entities that have direct
   provable relationships with said government.

How do you justify the highlighted segment?

So how the Afrinic shall know which ISP or government ISP was forced to
shut internet. Will the Afrinic send detectives to investigate?

Internet shuts in different ways not only by governments sometimes.

Even bad weather in Haiti cut off internet. Even we read fiber cut under
the ocean cause internet cuts to some countries.

But we dont write policy to punish bad Weather  or Ship cutting fiber under
ocean to make internet access impossible to some countries.

Best Regards,

Tutu Ngcaba
Kwazulu Techno Hubs
South Africa
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