Monday, January 31, 2005

Not Sufficiently Represented

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On the NCUC discussion list African internet activist Alan Levin writes:

"I strongly support the ICANN strategy to support "Developing Country Internet Communities to enable further participation in the ICANN mission". Coming from a developing country I assure you that our interests are not sufficiently represented at ICANN and if ICANN (within a narrow or wide scope) is to be held accountable for its policies in any way, it must do more than it does now to ensure Developing Country Internet Communities are included in the process."

On his personal website Alan further shares his values:

"I believe in democratic participation in decision-making, open processes, the right to communicate, and a fair balance between rights of privacy, speech, consumers, and property in Internet governance. This is something that I live and practice and reflects my style of working. I am an optimist and believe that all governing directors of non-profit or community organisations should demonstrate their support for these important principles. All voices should be heard.

I recognise there are problems with domain names worldwide. The current systems allow for names to be allocated either on a first-come-first-serve basis, or on a proof of trademark, company name, or area, with various levels of restriction. Some top level domain (tld) systems work quite well and others work technically but do not assist economic growth, while others don't work at all. It is with this in mind that I have been pursueing the AfriDNS project for four years.

Organisations can make things happen. Groups can make things happen, but it is every individual in every group in every organisation that make things work."

Alan was an ICANN @ Large Director nominee.


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