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At 12:18 PM 3/3/98 +0200, Anthony Brooks wrote:
>I spoke at length to Chris last week about the situation in Malawi, and
>asked him to mail me a summary of the situation there. He did
>(presumably illegally, if you accept the Malawian government's ban
>on his access to the Internet) and I'm passing it on to Africa-IT for
>Does anyone have any suggestions for international organisations that
>Chris should be getting in touch with? I'm very concerned with the
>fact that the Malawian government has actually banned Chris from
>accessing the Internet. I'm sure that such a step would break several
>laws in most other countries...
>Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions?
>Chris Cope Morgan ([log in to unmask]) wrote:
>> An Internet Service Provider was recently established in Malawi as a
>> result of a joint venture between the local Post Office and a private
>> Company. The ISP is called MalawiNet and has established a Monopoly
>> A local CompuServe service running through the SCITOR network was
>> recently shutdown when the lines were upgraded and presented a
>> reasonable competitive alternative.
>> My Company registered the "mw" TLD with INTERNIC before
>> MalawiNet started and is currently the recognized administrator of
>> this domain. As we were refused access to the MalawiNet servers the
>> domain is managed through Tarsus (www.tarsus.com) in the US.
>> MalawiNet has adopted a hostile stance towards Computer Solutions
>> Ltd and has finally succeeded in banning our access to the
>> Internet through a court order.
>> This court order was setup after "agents" used our Internet Café and
>> presented evidence that we were illegally reselling their services for a
>> profit. This are however no dealer agreements either written or
>> It is also worth noting that MalawiNet is currently under investigation by
>> the Anti-Corruption Bureau here due to an alleged Trust Fund that was
>> setup for the Minister of Information in return for a license to operate
>> an international data link. For the last three years, applications by
>> private sector and donor funded agencies to setup Internet services were
>> rejected by the same Minister.
>> We are looking for assistance to:
>> 1 Protect the mw TLD from hostile takeover
>> 2 Legally defend ourselves against an all out effort to destroy our
>> operation. The only competition left.
>> 3 Seek guidance on general Internet ethics
>> 4 Develop an awareness of the situation in Malawi
>> 5 Put pressure on MalawiNet to allow free development of Internet services
>> This monopoly is obstructing the free market development of the Internet
>> and related services in this Country. Something must be done!
>> Please forward this message to anyone who may be able to assist. We will
>> respond to anyone seeking more information.
>> Chris Cope Morgan
>> This email is sent from:- See our Web site at www.iac.co.mw
>> Chris Cope Morgan - Computer Solutions Ltd
>> P.O. Box 2598, Able House, Hannover Ave, Blantyre, Malawi
>> Telephone Code:+265 Direct&Fax:622 448 Swb:621 888 Fax:623 278