[menog] Salam Yamout for RIPE NCC Board - Ideas and Policies

Salam Yamout salamyamout at gmail.com
Sat May 3 19:07:03 UTC 2014

Dear all
It has come to my attention that my answer to Stephen Wilcox below did not
reach the Menog mailing list even though that I reply to all  (I was
bounced off because I was not a member of the list).

So here it is again, hoping that you will all vote for me and that I will
have the chance to work with all of you soon


From: salam_yamout at hotmail.com
To: steve.wilcox at ixreach.com; torman at asrenorg.net
CC: mz-ccie at hotmail.com; menog at menog.net; menog at lists.menog.org
Subject: RE: [menog] FW: Salam Yamout for RIPE NCC Executive Board
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2014 00:08:40 +0200

Dear Steve
My answers are in line below.
Let me know if you want to discuss more

Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:28:05 +0400
Subject: Re: [menog] FW: Salam Yamout for RIPE NCC Executive Board
From: steve.wilcox at ixreach.com
To: torman at asrenorg.net
CC: mz-ccie at hotmail.com; menog at menog.net; menog at lists.menog.org;
salam_yamout at hotmail.com

Dear Salam,
 may I ask, what are the particular policies and ideas that you will be
representing if elected to the RIPE board?
SY -- I will be advocating for more attention to the region.  Specifically
I see RIPE NCC having a better role of: 1- building up the technical
community (the talent is there, we just have to pull the community
together), and 2- to coordinate between the various local initiatives and
groups working in and around Internet Governance (IG) issues.  A strong and
healthy Arab technical community is the best guarantee for the development
of sound and sustainable Internet related policies.

Do you feel RIPE is spending too little/too much/enough resources in the
Middle East? Would you wish to change anything with RIPE / MENOG in this
SY -- I congratulate RIPE for being the first i* organization to move into
the region few years ago.  Since, ISOC and ICANN have followed suite…  I am
one who strongly urged them to do so (since around MENOG 5 held in Beirut
in 2009).  So my position is that RIPE has put a good initial set of
resources, but we should not stop at that.  Specifically, RIPE needs to do
more to rally, grow, and develop the technical community in the region by
doing 2 things: 1- Increase the support to the technical community - MENOG
is the central building block of course – but we need to brainstorm to take
MENOG to the next level of visibility and activities (more interactions
with other groups, more efforts to pull the community together, etc.)  2-
Engage more with governments because of the strong government structures in
this region that make governments major players.  My background (with
government) can help open doors there, as I speak their language, but I am
also a techie (my core competency is ICT) and I speak that language too.

Do you have any opinion on the PersianIGF which we recently saw created? Do
you think its useful to create smaller focus groups to raise alternative
ideas, or better to keep a larger group which can carry more weight when
bringing ideas to RIPE, ICANN, ITU etc?
SY-- I welcome the formation of Persian IGF, ARAB IGF, EURODIG, etc. These
are public fora that deal with subsets of the Internet Government issues
(in this case the specificity is geography).  However, the topics of
discussions in these local fora are more diversified than the ones of
interest to the technical community (human rights, freedom of expression,
children using the Internet, diversity and inclusion, etc.)  So to answer
your question, yes, I support the creation of focus groups, especially that
they deal with the different aspects of IG.  I am very excited about them
when they are grass root and built bottom up, and when they have a
transparent process for governance.  Regarding Arab IGF, I am a member of
their MAG.  Regarding the Persian IGF, I know the people who started it and
will look forward to discuss with them their action plan, issues of
concern, etc.  RIPE NCC should be part of all these local initiatives to
bring the expertise of the local technical community to the table.
 Additionally, RIPE NCC can/should play the role of coordinator/facilitator
between these local initiatives and the larger ones.

And, how do you see the position and roles evolving of MENOG and RIPE in
relation/contrast to the various IGFs, ITU and WCIT?

SY -- RIPE/MENOG need to remain focused on the development of the technical
community and to make it stronger, larger, and more visible. In addition
RIPE needs to help the technical community build the bridges with the other
groups (because what good is it to have a good idea and/or recommendation
if no one knows about it?)

ITU/WCIT is focused on the development of inter-governmental agreements in
the telecommunication areas (spectrum mainly, but frequencies, telephone,
etc.)  The Internet has not been part of their mandate until now.  This is
a big problem for them because governments are used to call the shots and
give orders, yet in the Internet game, they have been told to stay out of
the game.

IGFs are the melting pots where each one and everyone meet to share

At the end, the Internet is for everyone, and everyone should be allowed to
play.  The next two years will be decisive for developing the rules by
which all players (government, technical community, civil society, private
sector) will behave and play.  It will be a very good day the day where
positions in all of these fora are similar, or at least not contrary.  I
think we are getting there...


On 24 April 2014 19:18, Yousef Torman <torman at asrenorg.net> wrote:

Dear Salam

You have my full support
Will ask all all in my network to support you

Best luck

Yousef Torman

Sent from Yousef Torman's iPhone

On ٢٤‏/٠٤‏/٢٠١٤, at ١٧:٥٣, "M. El Zein" <mz-ccie at hotmail.com> wrote:

Dear Eng. Salam Yamout,
We wish you all luck and God blesses; we all support you to win for
representing us at the RIPE NCC.

*Maher El Zein*
CCIE No. 21032 | CCDE | PRINCE2 | ITILv3
Lead Architect, Networks and Security

Beirut, Lebanon
Mobile:     +96176903142

Email:       maherzein at hotmail.com

LinkedIn:   Linkedin

On 24 Apr 2014, at 13:27, "Nicolas Rouhana" <nrouhana at berytech.org> wrote:

*From:* Salam [mailto:salam_yamout at hotmail.com <salam_yamout at hotmail.com>]
*Sent:* Thursday, April 24, 2014 12:55 PM
*To:* Nicolas Rouhana
*Subject:* Salam Yamout for RIPE NCC Executive Board

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I appreciate your support to be elected to the Executive Board of RIPE NCC
during the General Meeting that will be held on 14 May in Warsaw If elected
I will work to represent the interests of the Arab technical community
represented by service providers, operators, civil society, and IT

For more information about the elections

For more information about my candidacy

Salam Yamout

الزملاء الأعزاء

لقد تم ترشيحي لعضوية المجلس التنفيذي لمنظمة RIPE NCC وإذا انتخبت، سأعمل على
تحقيق مصالح المنطقة العربية  ممثلة بمزودي الخدمات وشركات الاتصالات ومؤسسات
المجتمع المدني وغيرها من الجهات المعنية بحوكمة الانترنت والشق التقني منه.

أتمنى دعمكم خلال الانتخابات التي ستجري خلال الاجتماع السنوي لRIPE NCC الذي
سيقام في وارسو  في 14 أيار 2014 للمزيد من المعلومات الرجاء الإطلاع على
الرابط الالكتروني


سلام يموت

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