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[rpd] [Community-Discuss] Controversial anti-shutdown policy discussed at RIPE

Ali Hussein ali at
Sun May 14 15:43:23 UTC 2017


Thanks for sharing. That Cameroon example is important. 

I've been following this discourse for a few days and I'm getting the feeling that no one in the community is supporting a shut down right? 

Or is there among us that do support a shut down? 

If we then all agree that an Internet Shutdown in any African country is unacceptable then instead of this back and forth which will lead nowhere why don't we as a community agree on how best to discourage and dialogue across Africa to ensure we don't experience the Cameroon example? 

For example in a Kenya we have gotten a commitment from the Communication Authority that there will be no Internet Shutdown.

Ali Hussein
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> On 14 May 2017, at 11:48 AM, Mark Elkins <mje at> wrote:
> With regard to the damage a shutdown can do:
> Many of you will know that I am part of a team who has put together a
> Paper on behalf of ICANN - the project which we call the African DNS
> Market Study. This includes getting ccTLD stats from all African
> countries. Because of the difficulty of getting responses from the whole
> of the African ccTLD community, we also draw upon what other researchers
> have done. We did our first count back in November, 2016.
> One Data Source we used was DomainTools:
> We repeated the exercise a week ago (6/7th May 2017) to see what had
> changed. As expected, almost all ccTLD Domain counts have increased and
> a handful have gone down by a very small margin.
> There was one glaring exception, Cameroon.
> November 2016:  63,023
> May 2017:             31,801
> That is, over the period of the Cameroon shutdown, the number of domains
> registered under .CM decreased by more than 50%
> That is significant.
> -- 
> Mark James ELKINS  -  Posix Systems - (South) Africa
> mje at       Tel: +27.128070590  Cell: +27.826010496
> For fast, reliable, low cost Internet in ZA:
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