[At-Large] [Secretariat] EURALO Board communiqué

Amrita Choudhury amritachoudhury at ccaoi.in
Thu Mar 3 04:38:24 UTC 2022

Thank you for arranging the call Jonathan.


Much as I would have loved to join in this discussion, my sincere apologies
for not being able to join in as the time is not suitable for me (and I
guess for many from certain parts of APAC).

Look forward to the read or hear the recording and sharing my views then.








From: Jonathan Zuck <JZuck at innovatorsnetwork.org> 
Sent: 03 March 2022 09:46
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Subject: Re: [At-Large] [Secretariat] EURALO Board communiqué


Single issue call tomorrow at 1900 UTC




Jonathan Zuck
Executive Director
Innovators Network Foundation
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On 3/2/22 3:33 AM, Amrita Choudhury via At-Large wrote:

Agree with the statement.


The situation in Ukraine is very unfortunate.


However, Internet should remain on, for all and ICANN services should remain
neutral and apolitical.

To my mind remaining "neutral and apolitical" is neither of those things.

The Ukrainian military is using explosives to destroy its own roads and
bridges to slow the invasion.  Yes, that does hinder civil society and
resistance.  However, it is a choice that the Ukrainians themselves have

The internet is another kind of road that is carrying another kind of
invasion.  Why should we hesitate to follow the Ukrainian's own example?

If we were entrusted with a drawbridge over a river and we see a caravan of
Black Marias (unmarked vehicles sent by the Stalin/Beria's NKVD to secretly
fetch people to the Gulag) approaching.  Would we say "Oh, my job is to
promote the open flow of traffic, so I will not raise the bridge."  Our
would we say "I must raise the drawbridge to block this abomination?"

If ICANN is silent than we ought not to be surprised if we subsequently are
endowed with an ill reputation not unlike that of IBM resulting from its
actions in Germany 1933 through 1945.

To my mind the question for ICANN is not whether to act.  Rather the
question is how to act.  That act may be as simple as a statement
articulating the balances to be made, the limits of ICANN's powers, etc.  Or
it may be as complex as a temporary redelegation of .ru.

In these situations I look for guiding principles.  Among these are the
desire to maintain internet connectivity for use by those opposing this
invasion, the desire to not add further pressures that could induce future
internet fragmentation, the limits of ICANN's contractual authority over
these things, etc.

I also look to ICANN's position under the law as a "public benefit"
corporation.  I, personally, do not see how silence regarding death of
innocents and armed invasion benefits the public.

Murder ought never be answered with a dismissive "tut, tut, how




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