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  1. 1. ICANN & the Ecosystem Pierre Dandjionou | AIS 2015 - Tunis | June 1, 2015
  2. 2. | 2 ICANN & the Internet Ecosystem; Update on the Africa Strategy: Pierre Dandjinou 09:00 – 10:00 Becoming an ICANN Accredited Registrar. Danielle Andela (Remotely) 10.00 – 10.45 Coffee : 10:45 – 11:15 New Internet and Economic Development Tijani Ben Jeema (AFRALO 11:15 – 12:00 IDNs Yaovi Atohoun 12.00 – 12.20 DNS Entrepreneurship Centre Fahd Batayneh 12.00 – 12:40 New gTLDs; an Update Bob Ochieng 11.20 – 11.40 Lunch : 13.00 – 14.00 1 2 3 4 5 6 Morning Session Programme
  3. 3. | 3 Agenda ICANN and the Internet Eco-System1 2 3 ICANN and the Multi-Stakeholder Model Africa Strategy Update
  4. 4. | 4 Over 3 Billion Online and Counting! The Internet is successful in large part due to its unique model of development and deployment: • Open technical standards • Freely accessible processes for technology and policy development • Transparent and collaborative governance
  5. 5. | 5 Components of the internet Ecosystem + Organizations, individuals and processes that shape the coordination and management of the global Internet + Highly interdependent parts which require significant coordination + ICANN is one of these organizations + ICANN is pivotal to naming and addressing
  6. 6. | 7 ICANN’s Role + ICANN is responsible for coordination of the global internet’s unique identifiers; to ensure secure and stable operation of these systems + ICANN staff does not create policy; we support and resource the worldwide community, who determine Internet policy in “bottom up” manner + ICANN’s mandate is to make competition and choice available in a safe, secure operating environment. Examples are new gTLDs and IDN’s
  7. 7. | 8 Business Government & Governmental Organizations Civil Society Domain Name Business Internet Users Academic Technical ICANN’s Global Multistakeholder Community • Private-sector companies • Trade associations • National governments • Distinct economies recognized in international fora • Multinational governmental and treaty organizations • Public authorities (including UN agencies with a direct interest in global Internet Governance) • Academic leaders • Institutions of higher learning • Professors • Students • Internet engineers • Software developers • Programmers • Network operators • Non-governmental Organizations • Non-profits • Think Tanks • Charities • Registries • Registrars • Domain organizations
  8. 8. | 9 ICANN Board of Directors The ICANN Board is responsible for the oversight of the strategy and operations of ICANN, as well as consideration of policy recommendations arising out of the Supporting Organizations, including, as necessary, consideration of advice on those policy recommendations coming out of the Advisory Committees The ICANN Community / Structure Security & Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) Address Supporting Organization (ASO) At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) CE O Country Codes Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSAC) Busines s Government & Government al Organization s Civil Society Domain Name Business Internet Users Academic Technical Government Advisory Committee (GAC) Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Nominating Committee Non- Voting Members For more information visit: directors-2014-03-19-en
  9. 9. | 10 The DNS System + Internet Protocol numbers are unique addresses that allow computers to find one another + The Domain Name System matches IP numbers with a name + DNS is the underpinning of unified Internet + DNS keeps Internet secure, stable and interoperable
  10. 10. Our Work in Africa so far
  11. 11. | 12 Overview We have updated our Strategic Plan: ICANN Africa Strategic Plan 2.0 2016 - 2020 1 2 3 Key Projects Launch including the Road to Marrakesh Questions; Open Floor
  12. 12. | 13 Why Re-Evaluate our Africa Strategy a) Support stronger presence for ICANN in Africa a) Increase Africa's participation in ICANN a) Evolve ICANN’s Engagement in Africa in line with changing needs of the community (This is a living document) a) Align with ICANN’s New Strategic Plan 2016 - 2020
  13. 13. 14 1. Evolve and further globalize ICANN 2. Support a healthy, stable, and resilient unique identifier ecosystem 3. Advance organizational, technological and operational excellence 4. Promote ICANN’s role and multistakeholder approach. 5. Develop and implement a global public interest framework bounded by ICANN’s mission. 1.1 Further globalize and regionalize ICANN functions. 1.2 Bring ICANN to the world by creating a balanced and proactive approach to regional engagement with stakeholders 1.3 Evolve policy development and governance processes, structures and meetings to be more accountable, inclusive, efficient, effective and responsive. 2.1 Foster and coordinate a healthy, secure, stable, and resilient identifier ecosystem. 2.2 Proactively plan for changes in the use of unique identifiers and develop technology roadmaps to help guide ICANN activities. 2.3 Support the evolution of domain name marketplace to be robust, stable and trusted. 3.1 Ensure ICANN’s long- term financial accountability, stability and sustainability. 3.2 Ensure structured coordination of ICANN’s technical resources. 3.3 Develop a globally diverse culture of knowledge and expertise available to ICANN’s Board, staff and stakeholders. 4.1 Encourage engagement with the existing Internet governance ecosystem at national, regional and international levels. 4.2 Clarify the role of governments in ICANN and work with them to strengthen their commitment to supporting the global Internet ecosystem. 4.3 Participate in the evolution of a global, trusted, inclusive multistakeholder Internet governance ecosystem that addresses Internet issues. 4.4 Promote role clarity and establish mechanisms to increase trust within the ecosystem rooted in the public interest. 5.1 Act as a steward of the public interest. 5.2 Promote ethics, transparency and accountability across the ICANN community. 5.3 Empower current and new stakeholders to fully participate in ICANN activities.
  14. 14. | 15 Key projects launched / pipeline so far Capacity Building • DNS Business Exchange Programme • DNS Entrepreneurship Centre set up in Cairo in partnership with Middle East team • DNSSEC Roadshows • Supporting the Africa DNS Forum in partnership with ISOC and AFTLD • Topical Workshops on Domain Names market Communication: + New bi-lingual website : www.africanncommuni + African discussion lists for : + GAC + ccTLD Managers + SO/ AC Reps + Bi-Monthly Newsletters + Regular blogs on various topical issues Outreach Activities: + Continued country missions focused on ICT Ministers, Regulators, GAC Reps, AC/SO members, Civil Society and private sector + Engagement with Academia through public lectures + Continued participation and supporting of relevant regional and International events
  15. 15. | 16 The Road to Marrakesh, Key Projects Active participation in African regional and continental ICT ministerial meetings 1 2 3 Organize ICANN High Level Governmental Meeting (HLGM), During ICANN 55 NextGen Program during ICANN 55
  16. 16. | 17 Active participation in African regional and continental ICT ministerial meetings The objectives of the project are to increase awareness among African stakeholders, especially high-level (Ministerial and heads of state) governmental decision-makers on: • The bottom-up multi-stakeholder Internet Governance model of policy development, • The role of ICANN in the IG eco-system, • Key issues on the Internet economy like, IANA Stewardship transition and cyber security . Implementation period: March 2015-Feburary 2016
  17. 17. | 18 ICANN High Level Governmental Meeting (HLGM) • To promote awareness of importance of multi-stakeholder Internet governance and governments’ positive engagement in multi-stakeholder fora and entities such as ICANN; • To support ICANN globalization and outreach to non-participating communities in developing countries and small island states; and to the approx. 50 governments that are not members of the GAC. • To foster a greater level of meaningful engagement in ICANN issues by more GAC members – still too many are silent observers; • To secure commitment by governments to support and contribute to ICANN process on IANA stewardship transition; Implementation period: March 2016 (at ICANN 55 Marrakech)
  18. 18. | 19 NextGen Program during ICANN 55 In the framework of the ICANN NextGen Program, an event will be organized in the upcoming ICANN meeting in Marrakech gathering around 10 young Africans (less than 30 years old) from all over Africa. Objective Bring the youth to the ICANN process with their fresh knowledge and their innovative spirit. Selection • A call for expression of interest launched 6 months prior to Marrakech meeting through universities, civil society networks, techno-parks and incubators in which the applicants explain their achievements in the field of Internet. • An evaluation committee selects the first 10 best achievements, taking into consideration the innovation aspect and the gender and geographic balance. • Implementation period: June 2015- March 2016
  19. 19. | 20 Our Challenges / Opportunities +Limited financial resources to cover all the current needs +Low participation from the community to global discussions +Language barriers for some community members +Slow responses (from requesters) in communication with IANA for ccTLD re- delegation request from some countries +Lack of awareness in the local communities +Lack of broadband connectivity as well as high cost of connectivity to enable in increasing internet services especially domain names environment. +Low information sharing practices within the community
  20. 20. | 21 Reach us at: Email: Website: Thank You and Questions Please Engage with us