[NA-Discuss] Unrest continues to be met with Internet lockdown
beaubrendler at earthlink.net
Wed Feb 16 17:36:06 UTC 2011
> I see no point in revisiting the recent limited statements of ICANN or
> ALAC, or their offered rationals, but I do see a point in attempting
> to know what access models actually exist, and having data sufficient
> to support predictive modeling of disruptive local policy on the
> regional and global internet.
How can we put something like this together? This kind of information-gathering would be helpful to the user community and could also probably be used to get the attention of the press.
>From: Garth Bruen at KnujOn <gbruen at knujon.com>
>Sent: Feb 16, 2011 11:50 AM
>To: Eric Brunner-Williams <ebw at abenaki.wabanaki.net>
>Cc: na-discuss at atlarge-lists.icann.org
>Subject: Re: [NA-Discuss] Unrest continues to be met with Internet lockdown
>Not proposing a re-write, just staying abreast
>> -------- Original Message --------
>> Subject: Re: [NA-Discuss] Unrest continues to be met with Internet
>> From: Eric Brunner-Williams <ebw at abenaki.wabanaki.net>
>> Date: Wed, February 16, 2011 11:44 am
>> To: na-discuss at atlarge-lists.icann.org
>> Again, I never hope to be more than a minority of one, and while I
>> read MENA IT news on NANOG, MENOG, Aljazeera (commercially censored in
>> most North American broadcast/cable media markets) and through S/N
>> feeds from or about contacts in West Asia and North Africa, I find it
>> useful to distinguish what technical means are being deployed to
>> effect some explicit or implicit state policy goal.
>> I* know that targeted communications degradation was attempted first,
>> affecting S/N data flows, and when either that failed, due to the
>> scale of the S/N participating nodes (thousands of SMS and IPv4
>> capable devices sourcing audio and video capture data) or the policy
>> goal required degradation of more instances of communications than
>> just S/N, prefix withdrawals were announced by all access and transit
>> providers with the exception of the Noor Group, who's prefixes were
>> withdrawn later.
>> The mechanism pursued by the Syrian state until last week, and the
>> mechanism utilized by the Iranian state, during the last election, and
>> recently, S/N blocking and rate throttling, and the mechanisms
>> utilized by the Algerian state, the Bahrain state, the Lybian state,
>> are distinct.
>> The utility of "keeping score by technical means" is that it allows an
>> analysis of whether other technical mechanisms such as deep packet
>> inspection and content analysis, routine in North America and present
>> also in Europe, but requiring high capitalization of the intercept
>> platform, are keeping pace with the repressive state's policy
>> requirements and the liberation social movements and the political
>> organizations means of maintaining internal and external communications.
>> I see no point in revisiting the recent limited statements of ICANN or
>> ALAC, or their offered rationals, but I do see a point in attempting
>> to know what access models actually exist, and having data sufficient
>> to support predictive modeling of disruptive local policy on the
>> regional and global internet.
>> * Some subscribers have attributed other mechanisms, or a lack of data
>> sufficient to make any attribution.
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