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

Michele Neylon :: Blacknight michele at blacknight.ie
Mon Jan 31 13:12:52 UTC 2011

I've been following this discussion over the last couple of days with interest .. 

On 31 Jan 2011, at 12:48, Marc Rotenberg wrote:

> 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
>   world

Widely - maybe, but not globally .. 

> - Recommend that ICANN (options)
>    (1) Communicate to Egypt concern regarding the
>          specific actions recently taken to limit Internet access

And Egypt's response, if any, will probably be how it is a "domestic matter" and none of ICANN's concern .. 

>    (2) Remind all governments (?= GAC) of their obligations 
>          to uphold Core Value 1


How can you "oblige" a government to do that, or anything else for that matter?

>    (3) Begin the development of technical methods to
>          prevent such "outages" in the future

I don't see how you can really prevent something like this is the regime really wants to cut themselves off. 

Sorry, but I just don't see how you're going to help anyone with this

I'd also wonder if it's really ICANN's place to be making these kind of calls .. 

ISOC maybe .. 



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