[At-Large] Proposed statement of the ALAC regarding the current situation in Egypt
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Tue Feb 1 16:24:07 UTC 2011
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2011/2/1 Dev Anand Teelucksingh <admin at ttcsweb.org>
> I support the ALAC note
> Dev Anand Teelucksingh
> On Tue, Feb 1, 2011 at 10:24 AM, Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond <ocl at gih.com>
> > Dear all,
> > sustained discussions have recently taken place on one of the RALO
> > lists, whether the ALAC should comment on the current political
> > situation in Egypt, focussing in particular on the suspension of
> > Internet service in the country. I have personally monitored the
> > discussion and members of the ALAC ExCom have held daily discussions
> > about the matter. I have also discussed the possibility of a statement
> > with other constituency Chairs and some Board members.
> > Rod Beckstrom has published a Blog post on:
> > http://blog.icann.org/2011/01/status-report-on-the-dns-in-egypt/
> > He has steered away from making any kind of political statement, and I
> > suspect that this was for a reason.
> > Egypt's GAC representative is Ms. Manal Ismail. She works for the
> > Telecom Regulation Authority (TRA) - but their Internet is cut too.
> > The ccNSO representative is EGregistry.eg - and they are cut from the
> > Internet as well.
> > The ICANN manager for relations in the Middle East, Mr. Baher Esmat, is
> > also based in Cairo - and he's also off-line.
> > Many more participants in ICANN Supporting Organisations and Advisory
> > Committees, including ICANN fellows are also based in Egypt.
> > I have managed to speak to a couple of my own friends in Cairo. They
> > explained that, like all Egyptians, they are worried about the security
> > situation, their own personal security included. This is particularly
> > important.
> > Whilst I understand that the current action by Egypt breaks ICANN's Core
> > Value #1, it is my firm view that any statement might bring more harm
> > that good to ICANN and its friends at the present moment, if it is not
> > crafted with caution. This is a complex political situation which
> > surpasses ICANN's sphere of influence, and I should seriously recommend
> > that ALAC keeps a low profile about this because of the political
> > implications for our friends on the ground.
> > That said, the Internet Society has released a Q&A document focussing
> > primarily on the technical implications of the shut-down of Internet
> > services in Egypt. It is very useful, and I propose that for the time
> > being, we support this Q&A and point our members to it.
> > I am therefore asking the ALAC to endorse the following statement in an
> > accelerated vote and procedure:
> > --- cut here ---
> > Statement of the ALAC regarding current situation in Egypt
> > The ALAC is concerned by the impact of developments in Egypt on the
> > ordinary Internet user. In the light of ICANN's responsibility for IP
> > address and AS number policy, and its core value of 'preserving and
> > enhancing the operational stability, reliability, security, and global
> > interoperability of the Internet', we endorse the ISOC statement and Q&A
> > as expressed at http://isoc.org/wp/newsletter/?p=3100
> > Signed: The At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC)
> > --- cut here ---
> > I hope that this will receive support and in this case, Heidi will
> > swiftly follow-up with regards to voting procedures.
> > In the meantime, and until the situation on the ground gets resolved, we
> > wish all the Best to our Egyptian friends in this time of troubled
> > politics in their country.
> > Best regards,
> > Olivier Crepin-Leblond
> > ALAC Chair
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