[NA-Discuss] Fwd: The Internet Society on Egypt’s Internet shutdown
rotenberg at epic.org
Mon Jan 31 12:48:49 UTC 2011
What of a statement that had these elements:
- Note recent developments in Egypt
- Acknowledge that the problem is not unique to Egypt
and could arise elsewhere in the future
- Express concern on behalf of Internet users
- Recognize ICANN's limited authority on policy matters
- But call attention to Core Value 1
"1. Preserving and enhancing the operational stability,
reliability, security, and global interoperability of the Internet"
- Note that this value also reflects fundamental norms
for freedom of expression widely recognized around the
- Recommend that ICANN (options)
(1) Communicate to Egypt concern regarding the
specific actions recently taken to limit Internet access
(2) Remind all governments (?= GAC) of their obligations
to uphold Core Value 1
(3) Begin the development of technical methods to
prevent such "outages" in the future
On Jan 31, 2011, at 12:36 AM, Thomas Lowenhaupt wrote:
> On 1/31/2011 12:32 AM, Gareth Shearman wrote:
>> + 1
>> On 2011-01-30, at 8:45 PM, Avri Doria wrote:
>>> Well then we disagree.
>>> For the more we discuss it, the more convinced I become that ICANN should make a statement declaring, at the very least, this sort of behavior to be incompatible with the well being of the Internet and contrary to international covenants related to freedom of information.
>>> If ICANN is going to have credibility in its role as a steward of the Internet, it must not let this pass uncommented. If it does, then it will share responsibility for all future such action by virtue of its silence.
>>> John, I thank you for helping me see the issue more clearly.
>>> On 30 Jan 2011, at 23:30, John R. Levine wrote:
>>>>> But certainly I think ICANN can describe what sorts of behavior is and is not appropriate and certainly I think that allocation policy can look at taking such behaviors into account.
>>>> I am unalterably opposed to any proposal in which ICANN would purport to tell any government what to do. That just makes us look silly.
>>>> It's not like the Egyptian government is unaware of what they've done, after all.
>>>> John Levine, johnl at iecc.com, Primary Perpetrator of "The Internet for Dummies",
>>>> Please consider the environment before reading this e-mail. http://jl.ly
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