[NA-Discuss] Fwd: The Internet Society on Egypt’s Internet shutdown

Joly MacFie joly at punkcast.com
Sun Jan 30 20:20:09 UTC 2011


On Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 3:15 PM, Evan Leibovitch <evan at telly.org> wrote:

> ICANN != civil society, and it's only a small piece of the puzzle known as
> "Internet Governance".
> Our role here in At-Large is fairly specific, and limited to advising ICANN
> on matters regarding its own relatively constrained authority.
> Is there something SPECIFIC that we can say to the ICANN Board regarding a
> chance to its policies or practices that will improve or assure freedom of
> access? Is there anything ICANN, its policies or business relations could
> possibly have done to prevent (or lessen the impact of) government-decreed
> denial of service?
> If so, we should -- we must -- articulate such changes clearly and
> forcefully. But it is pointless to advocate (in this particular forum)
> change that ICANN is unable to affect.It's hypocritical for us to spend our
> energy to keep ICANN confined to its own areas of authority and competency,
> then produce out-of-scope pronouncements (that might make the authors feel
> good but will be otherwise ignored).
> - Evan
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