[NA-Discuss] Unrest continues to be met with Internet lockdown
ebw at abenaki.wabanaki.net
Wed Feb 16 18:48:47 UTC 2011
On 2/16/11 1:16 PM, Beau Brendler wrote:
> ... call me crazy, is there something we could do/create/publish, given our technical and political expertise, that might somehow help users find their way around an Internet block? Information always seems to find a way...is there an alternative conduit? Or some sort of technical/legal intersection that would give us a lever on which to craft a statement?
Well, I'm writing a recommendation for registry operators that out of
band communications in the form of:
o V/SAT reserve capability
o ATA reserve capability
be planned-in to the registry technical capacity.
For most of 2005-2009 I traveled through about 40 states and several
provinces and retained operational capability through a V/SAT link to
my servers in Maine.
Had the EAN (Egyptian Academic Network) used local V/SAT (I observed
dishes with video reception-only arms on many roofs in Cairo in
November 2008) uplink the issue of .eg zone expiry at the secondaries,
the only issue ICANN actually took notice of, would not have arisen.
The most robust plan would include address allocation through two or
more satellite communications vendor, e.g., Arabsat _and_ Nilesat.
Additionally, the POTS fabric and good old (overlooked by Howard Dean
and subsequent "broadband policy" accessibility advocates) 56kB modems
offer another low cost (other than the tip/rs232 skillset maintenance)
means for zone file update during packet network disruption.
The later was used within 48 hours of the prefix withdrawal of the
27th, reported by Al Jazeera and others, though for SMS-voice relay
(speak-to-tweet)  and not specifically for data/analog-data/packet
The first is in every first-responder network assistance kit. If we
look at planned network failure as a kind of unplanned network failure
(earthquake, etc.), then "advice for first responders" looks a lot
like "advice for residents".
The legal lever was handed out in yesterday's statement by the US SoS
, for those that find some utility in that jurisdictional
reference. There have been similar statements made with other
jurisdictional associations, e.g. the UN SecGen's statement that
"freedom of expression should be fully respected" in Egypt.
Oh. Least I forget. Not crazy. But as you've observed, several
opinions exist, along with untested assertions.
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