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

Khaled Dassouki kdasouki at ogero.gov.lb
Wed May 7 10:12:27 UTC 2014

Dear Salam,

Very interesting ideas.

You have my full support.

Best luck,

Khaled Dassouki.


From: menog-bounces at lists.menog.org [mailto:menog-bounces at lists.menog.org] On Behalf Of Salam Yamout
Sent: Saturday, May 03, 2014 10:07 PM
To: menog at lists.menog.org
Subject: [menog] Salam Yamout for RIPE NCC Board - Ideas and Policies


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 area?

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 anything.

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 < <mailto:torman at asrenorg.net> 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" < <mailto:mz-ccie at hotmail.com> 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:        <mailto:maherzein at hotmail.com> maherzein at hotmail.com                           

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



From: Salam [ <mailto:salam_yamout at hotmail.com> mailto: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 companies.

For more information about the elections  <https://www.ripe.net/lir-services/ncc/gm/may-2014> https://www.ripe.net/lir-services/ncc/gm/may-2014

For more information about my candidacy  <https://www.ripe.net/lir-services/ncc/gm/may-2014/biographies#salam> https://www.ripe.net/lir-services/ncc/gm/may-2014/biographies#salam

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  <https://www.ripe.net/lir-services/ncc/gm/may-2014/biographies#salam> https://www.ripe.net/lir-services/ncc/gm/may-2014/biographies#salam

 <https://www.ripe.net/lir-services/ncc/gm/may-2014> https://www.ripe.net/lir-services/ncc/gm/may-2014

سلام يموت


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