[At-Large] RES: Proposed statement of the ALAC regarding the current situation in Egypt

Vanda UOL vanda at uol.com.br
Wed Feb 2 01:12:34 UTC 2011

I can endorse it. More than this is out of the ICANN´s scope. 

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[mailto:at-large-bounces at atlarge-lists.icann.org] Em nome de Olivier MJ
Enviada em: terça-feira, 1 de fevereiro de 2011 12:24
Para: At-Large Worldwide
Assunto: [At-Large] Proposed statement of the ALAC regarding the current
situation in Egypt

Dear all,

sustained discussions have recently taken place on one of the RALO lists,
whether the ALAC should comment on the current political situation in Egypt,
focussing in particular on the suspension of Internet service in the
country. I have personally monitored the discussion and members of the ALAC
ExCom have held daily discussions about the matter. I have also discussed
the possibility of a statement with other constituency Chairs and some Board
Rod Beckstrom has published a Blog post on:
He has steered away from making any kind of political statement, and I
suspect that this was for a reason.

Egypt's GAC representative is Ms. Manal Ismail. She works for the Telecom
Regulation Authority (TRA) - but their Internet is cut too.
The ccNSO representative is EGregistry.eg - and they are cut from the
Internet as well.
The ICANN manager for relations in the Middle East, Mr. Baher Esmat, is also
based in Cairo - and he's also off-line.
Many more participants in ICANN Supporting Organisations and Advisory
Committees, including ICANN fellows are also based in Egypt.

I have managed to speak to a couple of my own friends in Cairo. They
explained that, like all Egyptians, they are worried about the security
situation, their own personal security included. This is particularly

Whilst I understand that the current action by Egypt breaks ICANN's Core
Value #1, it is my firm view that any statement might bring more harm that
good to ICANN and its friends at the present moment, if it is not crafted
with caution. This is a complex political situation which surpasses ICANN's
sphere of influence, and I should seriously recommend that ALAC keeps a low
profile about this because of the political implications for our friends on
the ground.

That said, the Internet Society has released a Q&A document focussing
primarily on the technical implications of the shut-down of Internet
services in Egypt. It is very useful, and I propose that for the time being,
we support this Q&A and point our members to it.

I am therefore asking the ALAC to endorse the following statement in an
accelerated vote and procedure:

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Statement of the ALAC regarding current situation in Egypt

The ALAC is concerned by the impact of developments in Egypt on the ordinary
Internet user. In the light of ICANN's responsibility for IP address  and AS
number policy, and its core value of 'preserving and enhancing the
operational stability, reliability, security, and global interoperability of
the Internet', we endorse the ISOC statement and Q&A as expressed at

Signed: The At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC)

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I hope that this will receive support and in this case, Heidi will swiftly
follow-up with regards to voting procedures.

In the meantime, and until the situation on the ground gets resolved, we
wish all the Best to our Egyptian friends in this time of troubled politics
in their country.

Best regards,

Olivier Crepin-Leblond
ALAC Chair

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