In an unprecedented policy suggestion, some members of the AFRINIC community have proposed denying internet to African governments that shut it down in their respective countries. AFRINIC stands for African Network Information Centre, and it is one of the world’s five regional internet registries, with responsibility for Africa.
The proposed AFRINIC policy, dubbed the anti-shutdown policy, aims to deny Internet Protocol (IP) addresses to governments that disconnect their citizens, particularly during critical political events like elections and demonstrations. IP addresses are unique identifiers that are necessary to connect to the internet, without which governments cannot get online. Read more: