[At-Large] At-Large, ALAC, Freedom of Expression and ICANN's core values.

Avri Doria avri at acm.org
Mon Jan 31 19:21:07 UTC 2011


There has been a conversation ongoing on the NARALO list that seems to me to belong on this list.

Some of that list, me among them, felt is was important tome someone [NARALO, ALAC, ICANN] make a statement similar to one made by ISOC on the problem with the continuing action of the Egyptian government related to its shutting off of access to the Internet.  An action that continues from day to day while we remain silent.

Some on that list felt it was none of our business and out of ICANN's scope.

Others, me among them, argued that it was in scope, given ICANN responsibility for IP and AS numbers and core value #1.

> "Preserving and enhancing the operational stability, reliability, security, and global interoperability of the Internet."

and that besides it was contrary to Human Rights most of our countries have agreed to in binding covenants:

> International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 
> http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/ccpr.htm
> 19.2
> Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice.

Others felt that it wasn't proper for a bunch of North Americans to bring up such things given our awful reputation.  And especially for US citizens to do so, given that we have congress representatives who want to create an Internet Kill Switch, seemed hypocritical.

Others argued that our government's drive to create a kill switch was indeed a reason for us from the US to speak up and do something before everybody was cutting off the internet every time there was a protest against the established government.

Finally, it was said that such an effort should be lead by AFRALO and since no other RALO seemed to be discussing this, we should just let it go.  Or maybe send a note to someone at some point.

It was certainly _not_ for me to send such a note to anyone, but as far as I could tell, there wasn't any rule against my doing so.

Hence, this note.

I am still in my first year as an ALS member and a participant in At-Large so I guess I should ask:

Does At-large think this issue is out of scope for ICANN?  for ALAC?


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