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

Avri Doria avri at acm.org
Wed Feb 2 04:36:04 UTC 2011

On 1 Feb 2011, at 20:12, Vanda UOL wrote:

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

While I endorsed the statement, I do not believe that more is out of ICANN's scope, though I understand it is out of some people's comfort zone

It may be politically difficult for some, and it may be contrary to the political aims of others,  but responding to this sort of attack on the Internet is what ICANN's scope as a steward is all about.  ICANN should not remain silent on the issue of kill switches that render the network unstable.  ICANN should not just bury its head when national actions cause properly assigned addresses and ASs to become unreachable because of political action, no matter who throws the switch or why.  Whether it is Egypt's action last week, or US legislation later this year, rendering parts of the network inaccessible is something that ICANN cannot allow to happen while standing silently and idly by.


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