1. Summary of the problem being addressed by this proposal
Over the last few years we have seen more and more governments shutting down the free and open access to the internet in order to push political and other agendas. These shutdowns have been shown to cause economic damage and hurt the citizens of the affected countries.
2. Summary of how this proposal addresses the problem
While the authors of this policy acknowledge that what is proposed is draconian in nature, we feel that the time has come for action to be taken, rather than just bland statements that have shown to have little or no effect.
The policy proposal will modify the CPM as follows:
a. Add the following to “CPM 2.0 – General Definitions”:
2.9 Internet Shutdown: A government ordered blocking access to the general internet. Said definition does not preclude a government from censoring content that is not legally permissible within the laws of said country, on the provision that said censorship does not include a law that says “All content irrespective of its source or its nature”.
b. Introduce a section 13 to the CPM as follows:
13.0 Internet shutdown order by governments
An internet shutdown is deemed to have occurred when it can be proved that there was an attempt, failed or successful, to restrict access to the internet to a segment of the population irrespective of the provider or access medium that they utilize.
13.1 In the event of an internet shutdown performed at the order of a government that is either total or partial:
- For a period of 12 months following the end of the shutdown – AFRINIC will allocate no resources to the government of the countryThis also applies to all government owned entities and entities that have direct provable relationships with said government.
- In the event of a transfer policy existing, AFRINIC shall not assist or participate in any transfers to any of the entities above.
- All sub-allocations of space within said country involving the referred to entities shall equally cease for a period of 12 months.
13.2 In the event of a government performing 3 or more such shutdowns in a period of 10 years – all resources to the aforementioned entities shall be revoked and no allocations to said entities shall occur for a period of 5 years.
4. Revision History
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