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ICANN: Africa Internet Summit ’15 | Tunis, Tunisia | 24 May – 5th June

ICANN logoICANN is proud to be part of the third edition of the Africa Internet Summit 2015 in Tunis, Tunisia this year. We have a busy schedule and encourage anyone from the community to join us, and if you cannot make it to Tunis there will be remote participation available. You can find all the information needed here.

ICANN programme during the AIS 2015

ICANN Day – June 01, 2015

09:00 – 10:00 Presentation:
Internet Ecosystem and ICANN and the multistakeholder model;  Update on the Africa Strategy; Pierre Dandjinou, VP Africa, ICANN
10:00 – 10:45 Presentation:
How to become an ICANN accredited registrar? Danielle Andela, Registrar Services Manager, ICANN (Remotely)
10:45 – 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 – 12:00 “New Internet and economic development” Tijani Benjema, AFRALO
12:00 – 12:20 Presentation: International Domain Names; Yaovi Atohoun, ICANN
12:20 – 12:40 Presentation: DNS Entrepreneurship Center (DNSEC); Fahd Batayneh, ICANN
12:40 – 13:00 Presentation: New gTLDs; Bob Ochieng, ICANN
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:00 The ICANN Africa IANA Transition Panel
Introduction: Pierre Dandjinou, VP Africa, ICANN: 5 min
African’s participation in CCWG: Tijani Ben Jemaa (CCWG member): 5min
African’s participation in CCWG: Fiona Asonga (CCWG member): 5 min
African’s participation in CWG: Seun Ojedeji ( CWG member): 5min
African’s participation in ICG: Mohamed El Bashir (Vice Chair ICG): 5 min
Brief update on the processes: Theresa Swinehart Senior advisor to the President, ICANN; 10 min
Q&A: 20 min
Closing remarks: 5 min

ICANN Session on E-friction on June 04, 2015  08:30 to 10:00

  • Presentation on BCG Report and e-friction:; David Dean, Boston Consultancy Group
  • QA

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ICANN signs MOU with EURid to develop Local Expertise in DNS Sector in Africa and the Middle East

EURid logo[news release] ICANN signed today (10/2) with the European Registry for Internet Domains (EURid), manager of the .eu TLD, a Memorandum of Understanding for the purpose of collaborating together on developing local expertise in DNS technical, policy, and business areas in Africa and the Middle East.

This partnership works to further support ICANN’s Africa and Middle East strategies to facilitate the domain names sector’s growth in both Africa and the Middle East and strategically position both regions for future business and national success.

The MoU crystalises the efforts being done by both entities and recognises the need to implement the below, in order to further strengthen and develop the DNS sector in Africa and the Middle East.

  1. Raise awareness about DNS technical, policy and business aspects, and encourage participation in the different regional and global fora relating to DNS;
  2. Participate in regional forums aimed at supporting the growth of the domain name industry in Africa and the Middle East;
  3. Conduct educational workshops to share Registry / Registrar business and operational best practices;
  4. Support fellowships / internships for representatives of the DNS industry in Africa and the Middle East;
  5. Promote the use of Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs).

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Overview of Africa Sessions During ICANN 52 Meeting in Singapore

ICANN‘s 52nd Public Meeting is taking place in Singapore from 8 -12 February at the Raffles City Convention Centre. This meeting comes at a critical time especially with the recent developments since the historic NTIA announcement to transition stewardship of the IANA functions to the multistakeholder community last March 4, 2014.

During this meeting, the ICANN Africa team will be hosting two critical meetings namely:

    1. The Africa Strategy 2016 – 2020 Meeting

Tue, 10 February 2015 – 11:15 to 12:45 SGT

In November 2014, and as a response to requests from the African community to further review and evolve the Africa Strategy to make it more responsive to Africa while aligning it to the new ICANN 2016 – 2020 Strategic Plan, the ICANN African team convened a special consultative session with the community during AFRINIC 21 in Mauritius. This meeting was attended by representatives from SO / AC leaders, AFNOG, AFRINIC, AFTLD, GAC, AFRALO, AFICTA, NEPAD and African Registrars associations resulting with a reviewed draft 0 of the Africa Strategic Plan ver 2.0 (2016 – 2020). This draft is currently under public comment the scheduled session will be used to present the new plan for final inputs before approval and adoption by the community. For remote participation follow here: http://singapore52.icann.org/en/schedule/tue-africa-strategy

    1. Enhanced Engagement With Africa

Wed, 11 February 2015 – 10:30 to 11:45 SGT

One of the outstanding challenges observed by the community is the limited meaningful and consistent participation of the African community in most Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees in ICANN and the wider IG ecosystem especially by governments. Africa is yet to make her voice and influence heard in the global policy making processes on issues affecting the Internet and there is need to proactively and progressively change this scenario.

Consequently, the Africa Strategy Review team alongside the AFRINIC 21 meeting deliberated and came up with a list of four projects expected to enhance ICANN’s Engagement in Africa leading to the ICANN 55 meeting in Marrakech Morocco next year. These special projects focusing on reaching out mainly to African governments and regulators include:

      1. Active participation in African regional and continental ICT ministerial meetings
      2. ICANN High Level Governmental Meeting (HLGM), During ICANN 55
      3. NewGen Program during ICANN 55
      4. Workshop for Africa Telecom regulators during ICANN 55

This briefing session scheduled will share with you details of these projects and seek your further input. For Remote participation, please follow here: singapore52.icann.org/en/schedule/wed-africa-engagement

We take this opportunity to welcome you, our community, to these two Africa sessions as we endeavor to deliver collectively on the Africa Strategy. We shall also share recordings of both sessions after the meeting using the same links.

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ICANN’s Updated Proposal for Enhanced Engagement in Africa

ICANN logoWEBINAR OBJECTIVE: This webinar aims to cover ICANN‘s Africa Strategy framework for 2015 and to elicit community feedback moving forward. ICANN continuously aspires to find means to strengthening our engagement in Africa.

We believe one of the key ways to doing so, is by increasing African participation in ICANN through fostering the promotion of the multistakeholder model in Africa at the government, technical community, civil society, academia, and private sector levels.

We look forward to you joining our webinar.

Date: Monday, 10 November 2014

Time: 14:00 UTC


  • Africa Strategy: 2013-2015
  • Enhanced Engagement with Africa: Outreach Plan
  • Next Steps
  • Q&A

HOW TO JOIN:You will be able to join the webinar via:

Audio: Please join the call with an Adigo bridge:
(for Adigo numbers: www.adigo.com/icann)

English speaking line: Conference ID 21912
French speaking line: Conference ID CID 21857.

Should anyone need a dial out, please contact either Renate De Wulf (renate.dewulf@icann.org) or Yaovi Atohoun (yaovi.atohoun@icann.org) by Friday November 7th end of day.

Visual: Please join via the Adobe Connect room,

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ICANN: Independent Review Panel Decision on Hold/Stay Regarding .Africa

dotAfrica logoAn ICANN Independent Review Panel has issued a decision [PDF, 7.80 MB] that ICANN should hold off from further processing of ZA Central Registry’s (ZACR) application for the .AFRICA TLD for the time being. This will allow the Panel time to consider arguments from DotConnectAfrica Trust (DCA Trust) and ICANN on DCA Trust’s claims regarding the .AFRICA TLD.

The interim relief granted today is not a ruling on the merits of DCA Trust’s claims against ICANN, nor can it be used to forecast the success of DCA Trust’s claims. DCA Trust initiated its Independent Review Process (IRP) after its application for the .AFRICA string was not approved by ICANN. The DCA Trust/ICANN IRP will continue along the defined process. Documents related to the IRP are available at www.icann.org/en/news/irp/dca-v-icann.

The IRP is one of the accountability review processes set out in the ICANN Bylaws. For an understanding of how ICANN’s accountability review processes work, including the IRP, please view the infographic.

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DotConnectAfrica Suffers Final Blow In Bid For .AFRICA

The .africa bid by ZA Central Registry received a boost this week when a controversial rival application from DotConnectAfrica (DCA) was rejected by the Governmental Advisory Committee, with DCA being invited to withdraw its application, reports MyBroadband.co.za.The bid by DCA was always seen as being unlikely to succeed for several reasons, one of the main ones being it did not have the key support of African countries and the African Union.The ZACR bid to manage .africa had the support of over 40 of the 54 countries African countries.”Some 75% of African countries have now endorsed the ZACR bid for .africa, well above the ICANN requirement of 60% support needed. In addition, the ZACR bid is endorsed by the African Union Commission,” says ZACR Africa Liaison, Koffi Fabrice Djossou, in a statement reported in BizCommunity.”The ICT ministers meeting was sufficiently satisfied that the ZACR, the most diverse bidding entity, has the required technical, administrative and financial know-how to make a success of Africa’s proposed new home on the web,” added Djossou.gTLD was always seen as the frontrunner, especially after it was has selected by the African Union as its preferred registry operator to administer the domain.With DCA’s bid to manage .africa rejected, it now means ZACR is now the only remaining applicant for the pan-African gTLD.

Africa DNS Forum to be held in South Africa in July

Africa Top Level Domain Association logoForum will bring together registries, registrars, experts and policy makers to foster cross-border collaboration

[news release] The Africa Domain Name System (DNS) Forum will be held on 12 – 13 July 2013 in Durban, South Africa. The event aims to establish a platform for the DNS community across Africa and to advance the domain name industry and domain name registrations on the continent.

Over the years, the Internet Society, AfTLD, and ICANN have supported the continued development and growth of Country Code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) in Africa through capacity building and technical support. Despite the support, the growth and sustainability of African ccTLDs and adoption of new technologies remains very low as compared to other regions of the world. To identify the bottlenecks that are keeping the industry from growing and the actions that can catalyze its growth, the three organizations determined the need for a forum to discuss these regional DNS issues.

The DNS Forum will foster cross-border collaboration between registries, registrars, registrants, DNS experts, Government representatives, and policy makers. Topics covered during the 1 ½ day event include trends, opportunities, and challenges of the DNS industry; strategies for registries and registrars; legal issues with cross-border domain registrations; ways Governments can support domain name growth; and benefits of standardizing accreditation to attract more cross-border registrars and registrations.

“The Internet Society’s African Regional Bureau has been working to strengthen the ccTLDs in Africa by improving sustainability, encouraging the implementation of automation solutions at ccTLDs, and promoting the use of technology such as DNSSEC at registries,” said Dawit Bekele, Internet Society Regional Bureau Director for Africa. “We are pleased to join together with AfTLD and ICANN to host this multi-stakeholder forum where participants can share experiences, gain new insights, and establish new business relationships with organizations from within and outside the continent. Such a forum is important to bring growth in the African domain name industry.”

Pierre S. Dandjinou, ICANN Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement for Africa, commented, “ICANN is partnering with other players in the region to implement its Africa strategy, which was developed in 2012 by the African community. Thus, this DNS Forum in Durban, as a partnership between AfTLD and the Internet Society and as a pre-conference event to the ICANN meeting, is another milestone that builds on the MIGworks event in Addis in March 2013, which sought to pave the way for the development of the DNS industry in Africa and to empower the African community for an increased accreditation of registrars from the continent. I believe the new gTLD program will help grow this industry on a global and regional level, and we hope that African business players can be part of this growing industry as much as they can. ICANN will present in this event several programs to support and incubate new business players in Africa to benefit out of the growing potential in this continent.”

“By working with and building on our partnerships in running the DNS Forum, AfTLD’s objective is to build on our thriving capacity building activities for ccTLDs in Africa so as to improve the DNS in Africa and the sustainability of ccTLDs,” said Dr. Paulos Nyirenda, President of AfTLD.  “The DNS Forum will present a great opportunity for players in the domain industry to learn and to foster new and established relationships, including those among ccTLDs, registries, registrars, operators, policy makers and end users.”

For more information and to register for the Africa DNS Forum, visit:  aftld.org/afdnsforum

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ICANN Announces African Expansion, But Local Registrars Say More Needs To Be Done

ICANN is moving to expand its presence in Africa, announcing plans to move ahead immediately with six new ICANN representatives on the African continent and a push to increase five-fold to 25 the number of registrars on the continent in two years.But the latter move is facing resistance by existing registrars, who in part naturally want to protect their own businesses but also see a number of other issues that are important to increasing domain name registrations. But as Africa expands economically and more people go online, the number of registered domain names in Africa will also increase.”It’s a good move,” Nii Quaynor, chair of the board of trustees of the Internet Society (ISOC) Ghana Chapter, a nonprofit organisation that promotes Internet use and access, told IDG in an email Tuesday commenting on ICANN’s initiative. “ICANN is investing in proving better service and presence in the region where it’s not been active.”However, ICANN’s focus on the increase of accredited registrars is not the only way to go, he said. “I’ll tell you exactly what I told Mr. Chehadé regarding increasing the number of ICANN Accredited Registrars in Africa: Domain names are not drugs, it’s not by increasing the number of dealers that we’ll have more domain names in the region,” Hamza Aboulfeth, CEO of the Moroccan ICANNA accredited registrar Genious Communications, again according to IDG.Cost is another issue that hampers the domain-name business. Moroccan hosting companies for example often choose to host outside of the country due to the high costs of bandwidth in the country, Aboulfeth told IDG. “We are talking about more than $200 per Mbit and $2 per Mbit in Canada, for instance,” he said.”This way, even if we host local websites they are still considered an outside content website. So we need to be able to use our local infrastructure for our hosting needs,” Aboulfeth said, adding that this is something local ISPs need to deal with.Announcing the decision though Chehadé was upbeat.”ICANN used to say if you want to participate in Internet governance come to ICANN,” said Chehadé. “We’ve changed that, now ICANN is coming to the stakeholders. We’re not waiting for you to come. We’re coming to you.”The comments from Chehadé and the announcement came during the Africa Multi-stakeholder Internet Governance meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The two-day meeting ended Friday after drawing Internet leaders from across the continent.”We will have ICANN staff, at least one, in each of the 6 regions of Africa. North, South, East, West, Central and the Indian Ocean,” said Chehadé. “I want African on-ramps into the ICANN structures. I will give you the on-ramps, but you need to climb them.”
The ICANN leader also said he would like to see a dramatic increase in the number of accredited Domain Name Registrars on the African continent. Currently there are only five accredited Registrars in Africa among more than one thousand worldwide, but Chehadé said he wants to see that number increase five-fold in less than two years.”This is about us moving the needle forward. Africa will not wait,” said Chehadé.The two-day event in Addis Ababa was attended by some two hundred people, including Ministers and other government representatives, leaders from the African business community, civil society and from ICANN structures in Africa; AFTLD and AFRALO.The multi-stakeholder IG event was co-organized by the African Union, ISOC-Africa, AFRINIC and the African IGF. It was preceded by a two-day workshop about the development of the DNS Industry in Africa.During the event the implementation of an African Strategy for better engagement in Africa was discussed in detail. This strategy was prepared by representatives from the African community last summer and announced during the ICANN meeting in Toronto in October. Fadi Chehadé reiterated ICANN’s commitment to help implement the three-year strategy in coordination with our global and regional partners in Africa.

DotConnectAfrica Conflict Of Interest Allegations Against ICANN Board Members Unfounded

Allegations of a conflict against ICANN board members Mike Silber and Chris Disspain by DotConnectAfrica, one of two applicants for the .africa generic Top Level Domain, has been dismissed by the ICANN Ombudsman.The allegations have led to a considerable amount of discussion on blogs, Twitter and other sites and in comments on the ICANN website in relation to the new .africa gTLDs applications. Regrettably, the Ombudsman notes much of the discussion has been intemperate.The conflict of interest relates to a policy adopted by the ICANN board in December 2011 that requires board members and other key ICANN employees to not take advantage of their position within the organisation.During the investigation the Ombudsman investigated whether there were any decisions made during the New gTLD Program Committee and ICANN board meetings that affected the complainant and the .africa applications.The Ombudsman says:
it is clearly apparent when the records are examined, that the 2 board members have not participated in any decision-making about .africa, and indeed there has been little discussion other than at a higher level about the program in general. It is in my view premature to consider whether there can even be apparent bias, because it is too remote to link the suggested connections with the very generic discussions which have taken place, and in addition, where the actual decisions about the applications are still some distance from being made.Dismissing the complaint the Ombudsman says he considers:
that no disqualifying conflict of interest, or indeed any conflict of interest at all, is present in the actions of both Chris Disspain and Mike Silber. It is likely this complaint has led to increased awareness of the possibilities of conflict of interest, which the Board will carefully consider in terms of the existing policy about conflict, when the issue arises.

Daily Wrap: EC Shows Its Displeasure To Some gTLD Applications, While Africa Sees Many Objections

A Domain Incite story on new gTLDs caught the eye today regarding the European Commission noting their displeasure with 58 applications.

The European Commission’s list of 58 gTLD applications it considers problematic has it “thumbing its nose at ICANN’s procedures for handling government objections to new gTLDs,” claims Domain Incite.

The list includes several that were not subject to “Early Warnings” from governments through the Governmental Advisory Committee including .sexy, .sex and .free.

Remarkably, Domain Incite notes, “the cover letter says that the gTLDs are not ‘Early Warnings’ as described by the ICANN Applicant Guidebook and says the Commission may continue to work outside the established process in future.”

The letter says in part:
The position outlined in this letter is without prejudice to any further action that the Commission might decide to undertake in order to safeguard the rights and interests of the European Union and of its citizens.

For the sake of clarity, the Commission does not consider itself legally bound to the processes, including the means of recourse, outlined in the new gTLD Applicant Guidebook and/or adopted by ICANN, unless a legal agreement between the latter and the Commission exists.

Meanwhile in a posting on Circle ID, Katim S. Touray, an International Development Consultant and ICT for development advocate, comments on the list of Early Warnings issued by the GAC.

Touray notes that “it was not surprising that Africa had the least number of gTLD applications in ICANN’s new gTLD program. Only 17 of 1,930 applications were from Africa. Even then, two of the 17 applications were from the League of Arab States based in Egypt, and 13 were from South Africa, leaving only 2 applications from only two of the remaining 45 countries in SSA.”

Touray also notes that “Africa also tops the list of warnings issued to an applicant, with the .africa application from DotConnectAfrica Trust (DCA) receiving 17 warnings from 16 African governments, and the African Union Commission (AUC), a GAC observer. .africa sits just above .hotel, which has 16 GAC early warnings. Other strings with significant numbers of warnings are .health (9 early warnings), and .sarl (with 6 early warnings).”