Haha, thanks! (Re: piercings).
I penned some thoughts on what’s at play with the shutdowns, on a political level, check that out here: http://www.htxt.co.za/2017/01/31/the-siege-against-internet-freedom-iron-fist-african-governments-tighten-their-grips/
Basically, the fight for equal Internet rights as you put it, is very much political just as it is economic, social, cultural etc. And we must approach our efforts with this in mind, to especially ensure that we aren’t locked in a loop of just reacting to government actions.
Proactive engagement is something I work on. How to get govt types on the same table with techies, citizens and other interest groups to understand their perspectives? Even with Cameroon right now, that’s the question for me. You can tell govt isn’t opening its iron gates to engage with its people! How do we reverse that? For one, by becoming very creative about how we get them on the table, and keep them coming back. This is particularly so in countries that aren’t as yet as risk of, say, Internet shutdowns.
WE MUST ALL ENGAGE IN POLICY DISCUSSIONS, basically.
Internet rights are just another front for the fight to secure the respect and upholding of our inalienable human rights! A luta continua!