It is outright WRONG to involve ANY government in the running of the
Internet. Look at the PTTs. And liberalization thereof.
Nevermind that, as it ain't broken, don't fix it.
GAC doesn´t matter.
In message <[log in to unmask]>, Jeffrey Cochrane writes
> Greetings Afrik-ITes!
> Very limited debate underway for Africa's participation in
> ICANN. See the excerpt below from the Web site.
> The GAC (governments) position on the assignment of
> ccTLDs is:
> > With respect to future delegations or reassignment
> > of delegations, ICANN should delegate the administration
> > of a ccTLD only to an organisation, enterprise or
> > individual that has been designated by the relevant
> > government or public authority.
> That's quoted from
> When African delegates to ICANN were asked about the
> role of governments, they did not address this issue. Are
> African participants in Afrik-IT in accord with the position
> of the ICANN GAC? Does it matter?
> Jeff @ Nairobi
> Date: 2000-09-19 03:37:09
> Author: PIERRE DANDJINOU
> Do you find any role for African Governments in the
> current developments of Icann? And what about the
> African private sector ?
> Nii Quaynor - posted on 2000-09-21 09:20:03
> There are great roles for both Government and the private
> sector as well as the civil society.
> Government has a formal opportunity to participate
> directly in GAC. Governments also informally play a role
> as partners in development with several of the SO
> members and there is continuous dialog which is
> important not to be overlooked.
> In many developing countries, including Africa's,
> Governments play critical role in everything and that
> should be harnessed in the development of the African
> Institutions to increase participation in ICANN.
> Governments do enable some things.
> The private sector is the engine of growth and is an
> excellent source of revenue and expertise for participation
> in SOs.
> The civil society has a balancing role in addition to
> building the information society.
> Calvin Browne - posted on 2000-09-20 23:39:42
> I believe the Forum for government participation in ICANN
> to be the GAC (see
> ex .htm ) It would be highly presumptuous for me to try
> and tell career diplomats how to go about their
> jobs.<BR> Fortunately, not all African Governments have
> been as short sighted as mine, and some have actually
> attended GAC meetings on a regular basis - look to
> these African Countries for leadership in Internet
> The African private sector has many avenues open: ISP's
> and Business have outlet through their respective
> constituencies in the DNSO, as with African IP
> practioners. I get very wary and would shy away from
> telling people how to run their businesses. At the same
> time, we must remember that policies (slow start IP
> blocks for a regional IP registrar) can go a long way to
> kick starting Internet development.
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