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

Tutu Ngcaba pan.afrikhan at
Thu Apr 13 08:31:04 UTC 2017

Dear the Afrinic Ltd,

Since you put out a statement a few days ago condemning internet shutdown
problem which is a serious issue.

Can you please take this issue up and drive it. I request that the Afrinic
shall and should make this as an angenda topic also in meetings to come.

We should also involve all isoc chapters in all our countries.

We can discuss the internet shutdown under the Africann and community
mailing list and engage all members but not through policy.

This will make the statement the Afrinic made as about shutdown as the main
agenda and even we use avenues like the Afrinic AFGWG.

Multistake holder meeting is also important for engaging our governements.

So i believe we can all take this discussion to community and Africann
mailing list and the Afrinic can engage the people.

This way we can get all concerned african people together and find wiser
ways of engaging our governments.

Most African country economy depend on agriculture and not Internet. So
internet is nothing to governments when they chose to shutdown temporaly
since to them shutdown has only small term economic impact that is why some
do it in most cases to contain chaos or riots.

Let us keep in mind that some countries presidents are in power for so many
years and the government can do anything.

So simple questions like why do some governments do it are important.

Awareness and education is more important not policy.

Best Regards,

Tutu Ngcaba
Kwazulu Techno Hubs
South Africa
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