[NA-Discuss] Forward motion on the Egyptian Internet shutdown
beaubrendler at earthlink.net
Mon Jan 31 13:42:28 UTC 2011
OK, since this discussion took place on the NA list, help me with the next step, if there is one.
Is the consensus that NA should draft a short statement? I would urge against it. Though I personally believe something should be said, it is for ALAC to make the move, and leadership of AF-RALO should take the lead -- and whether that means creating a statement, or urging ICANN as an organization to do something should also be specified.
So the choices are:
a) Make a short NA statement.
b) Make no NA statement but vociferously tell the ALAC to make a statement and/or advise ICANN to do so.
>From: Thomas Lowenhaupt <toml at communisphere.com>
>Sent: Jan 31, 2011 12:36 AM
>To: Gareth Shearman <shearman at victoria.tc.ca>
>Cc: NA Discuss <na-discuss at atlarge-lists.icann.org>
>Subject: Re: [NA-Discuss] Fwd: The Internet Society on Egypt’s Internet shutdown
>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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