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  1. 1. .Africa By Sophia Bekele Policy Advisor ICANN , Top Level Domain Name Generic Names Sponsoring Org. Africa Group - ICANN Lisbon
  2. 2. The undiscovered continent! • Africa
  3. 3. Content 1. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) 2. The .Africa Organization 3. Organizational Structure 4. Recommended Sponsoring Organization 5. Governance Structure 6. Interested sponsors 7. Next Step • Africa
  4. 4. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) A nonprofit organization that manages and coordinates the Domain Name System. ICANN focuses on preserving the stability of the Internet; promoting competition; achieving broad representation of global Internet communities; and developing policy through bottom-up, consensus-based processes. • Africa
  5. 5. ICANN current organzation chat • Africa
  6. 6. Need for an Africa-specific regional domain Currently, Internet users in the Pan-Africa and African region only have the option of utilizing a generic TLD (gTLD) whose registrants are dominated by US and European individuals and businesses, or country-code TLDs (ccTLDs) that are intended for local use Current gTLDs also tend to focus on a vertical group (e.g. commercial entities, network providers, organizations , etc.) within the global Internet, “.Africa” will embrace a horizontal perspective with a clear brand to reach and enrich the broad global community. • Africa
  7. 7. Need for an Africa-specific regional domain, cont’d • Unlike ccTLDs, which provide for a local audience, “.Africa” will allow the user to express membership in the larger Pan African and African community. • “.Africa” domain will also allow Africa to take its rightful place alongside .EU, .ASIA and .LAC • Also it complies with WSIS objectives on empowering undeveloped countries using ICT, IOW it fits as an ICT4D projects. • “.Africa” complies with AU, UNECA and ADP policy of development for the continent. • Africa
  8. 8. The DotConnecAfrica Organization • DotConnectAfrica Organization is to be the Sponsoring Organization and Registry Operator for the .Africa sponsored Generic Top Level Domain. • DotConnectAfrica is to be a not-for-profit, community- based organization incorporated in Africa. • DotConnectAfrica is to develop into a global force in the international commercial, political and cultural network. • The .Africa domain aspires to embrace this dynamism in the African Century to become a nucleus, intersection and breeding ground for Internet activity and development in the region • Africa
  9. 9. The Mission • To sponsor, establish and operate a continental Internet namespace with global recognition and regional significance, dedicated to the needs of the Pan-African and African Internet community. • To reinvest surpluses in socio-technological advancement initiatives relevant to the Pan-Africa and African Internet community; and • To operate a viable not-for-profit initiative that is a technically advanced, TLD registry for the Pan- Africa and African community. • Africa
  10. 10. Organizational Structure Is a not-for-profit organization made up of different sponsor organizations: • Sponsor Members • Co-sponsor Members • Businesses • Non-profit - NGOs • Other relevant community organizations in the region • Africa
  11. 11. Organizational Structure, cont’d. Members will make up of Board of Directors • The BOD will be advised on policy matters by an Advisory Council • AC will be populated by one representative from each Co-Sponsor organization. • A proceeds Steering Committee (PROSCOM) will be created and appointed by the Board to oversee the allocation of surplus proceeds from registry operations. • Africa
  12. 12. Governance & Representation of Community • The governance of the .Africa Organization is to be driven thru a multistakeholder society and augmented by regional expertise. • As a membership-based organization, the direct and close involvement of many Government, Businesses , NGO’s ensures a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the operational and policy management of a TLD registry in the Pan-Africa and Africa region. • Representation in governance from successful African Internet and Information Technology groups provides broad representation and relevance from the Pan-African regions • The .Africa Organization intends to operate openly & transparently. Governance model is to be adapted from the Africa’s development policy model augmented with other geo names. • Public Policy consideration will include direct input from policy makers , therefore consulting with the AU/ECA/ADB on policy matters. • Africa
  13. 13. Governance Structure Key Pan Board of Directors African Sponsor Org CO-Sponsor • AU Chairman’s members • UNECA Advisory y • ADB Businesses Council • Internet orgs, • IT org, • Teleco • NGO, CEO • Non-profit, Functional VPs • Other relevant Africa-based Marketing & Customer Admin Support orgs Bus Dev Staff Etc.. • Africa
  14. 14. Interested Sponsors of Dot.Africa • African Union (AU) • Economic Commission for Africa • African Development Bank • African Internet Actors • Individual ccTLDs • National ICT Policy organs • African Private Sector Actors • African Non-Profits • Other Pan-African Organizations • Africa
  15. 15. NEXT STEPS 1. Complete the governance structure for .Africa, under the proposed sponsoring Organization , and consisting of selected interested organizations that could assist and benefit Africa, CEO, CTO, Treasurer. 2 . Finalize a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between parties involved in #1 as to roles & responsibilities. 3. Consortium agreement with organizations that are to be involved 4. Develop terms of reference for the SELECTED registry operator • Africa
  16. 16. • Africa Thank you for your attention! The Road Map to Africa