Re: South African Law on Crypto Providers
Please pardon my tardiness in replying to this subject (I just read
my DWN), but since I've seen no mention of this particular aspect of
it, here goes:
In a couple of e-mails in the thread, "Joe Moore"
> Sounds like South Africa is about to kick itself off the Internet.
and Matt Black <email@example.com> observed:
> I've been trying to look up the official South African govt site at:
> - but keep getting a "Service Temporarily Unavailable" message.
A funny/sad/scary situation is in place due to the law[-to-be?]
which gave rise to this thread. The law places the .ZA ccTLD in the
hands of the Ministry of Communications. Many people (notably Mike
Lawrie, .ZA's administrator) oppose this as a power grab and a recipe
for, indeed, ``kick[ing] itself off the Internet.'' One reason for
the latter is the above-mentioned unavailability of the Parliament's
server(s?)---if the government can't run its own domain...
Should you wish to know more, a good starting point is duelling
press releases on Politech. An RFCI-Discuss email has an
overview, and you can check an ICANNWatch page, or the home of
Namespace.ZA, an electronic-roots organization trying to provide a
If this has followups, please cc: me. Thanks.