[discuss] Call to 1net community - Shape IGF Best Practices!

S Moonesamy sm+1net at elandsys.com
Fri Aug 22 20:57:30 UTC 2014

Hi Constance,
At 04:05 22-08-2014, Constance Bommelaer wrote:
>2.     Regulation and mitigation of unwanted communications (e.g. "spam")

Item 59 mentions an industry consortium.  I do not like that anyone 
from a developing country would find it affordable to spend U.S. 
$12,500 to be part of that consortium.

Item 73 mentions the African Union Convention on Cyberspace Security 
and Protection of Personal Data.  There has been some concerns about 
the draft from people in Africa.

Item 98 mentions that "Work is ongoing in the IETF community to 
develop recommendations to help deal with the spam situations".  I 
have participated in mail-related discussions.  I am not aware of any 
ongoing work in the IETF community to develop recommendations to deal 
with the spam situations.  The IETF does not have "an active spam 
discussion group that promotes information exchange on the 
topic".  The information provided in that item might mislead people 
from developing countries.

Item 148 mentions the differences between the developing and the 
developed world.  The mailing list for a group cited in the IGF 
document is at 
https://lists.afrinic.net/pipermail/anti-spam/2014/date.html  There 
are only two messages for this year.  One of the messages was a reply 
to a message which was posted in September 2013.  I would not 
consider that group as active.  The problem in the developing world 
is that there are foreign experts selling solutions which are not 
adapted to the local context.

>5.     Best practices for online child protection

Item 10 mentions that "In the developing world higher overall levels 
of violence and lower rates of Internet accessibility result in 
different child protection priorities for stakeholders. In 
particular, child protection online has diminished value in the face 
of prevailing offline threats of physical violence, sexual assault, 
slavery, and child soldiery".  This paints a very negative picture of 
the developing world.  Is child soldiery widespread in the developing 
world?  The sexual assault rate for Sweden (used as an example) is 
high compared to the rate for some developing countries.

A number of issues involving children have been traced back to social 
networking sites.  The IGF document does not mention that at all.

S. Moonesamy 

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