Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa
African governments that shut down the internet could face strict measures if a new proposal to the regional internet registry is adopted.
The policy suggestion states that after the end of any shutdown, governments and any of their related bodies should not be allocated an IP address for one year.
The ban would also affect any transfer of addresses to government-owned entities in those 12 months. And if an African government performs three or more shutdowns in a period of 10 years, the proposition mandates that all services provided to them revoked, with no allocations offered for a period of five years.