Presentation on "One billion people,54 countries,one domain name" at the East African Internet Governance Forum

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Presentation on "One billion people,54 countries,one domain name" at the East African Internet Governance Forum

  1. 1. .Africa 1bn people, 54 countries, 1domain By Sophia Bekele Executive Director DotConnectAfrica Former Policy Advisor, ICANN
  2. 2. 1. State of the African Internet use2. The vision of .africa domain3. The need for Africa Specific Domain4. Strengthening ccTLDs – impact of .africa domain5. Who is DotConnectAfrica?6. Organizational Structure7. Governance Representation & Community8. Achievements/Challenges9. How do u get involved, aside from being a consumer?10.Next Step for you! • Africa East African Internet Governance Forum 2010– www.dotconnectafrica.org
  3. 3. My passionwww.sophiabekele.com UNICT, UNGAID, UNECA, AU East African Internet Governance Forum 2010– www.dotconnectafrica.org
  4. 4. Information Society to Internet SocietyComputer Science is no more about computersthan astronomy is about telescopes. - E.W. Dijkstra East African Internet Governance Forum 2010– www.dotconnectafrica.org
  5. 5. OpportunitiesThe global Economy is reforming• Affordable internet, phone, pc devises, prices, CapEx Vs. OpEx, NGN• Web 2.0 (social tipping point); Viral ; Cloud computing• where one has a convergence of 70% of the planet bring universal access and democracy of information• Interesting business models and consumer reach and increase in productivity expand knowledge , creation capacity, advances In science and health. East African Internet Governance Forum 2010– www.dotconnectafrica.org
  6. 6. A Paradigm shift - Convergence OpportunitiesInternet use has exploded globally • more than 300% since 2000 • 1.4 million Internet users • 3.6 billion people use mobile telephony just over half of the world’s populationThis intersection– where users access theInternet from their mobilephones – maps arevolutionary digital paradigmshift East African Internet Governance Forum 2010– www.dotconnectafrica.org
  7. 7. East African Internet Governance Forum 2010– www.dotconnectafrica.org
  8. 8. A Common Vision Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare. Japanese Proverb • Africa East African Internet Governance Forum 2010– www.dotconnectafrica.org
  9. 9. EAIGF.africa paynet.africa mobilemoney.africa lagos.africasafaricom.africa tourism.africa Si.africa sunmicro.africa pesapal.africamisys.africa copycat.africa sevenseas.africa UnitedBank.africavisa.africa salamon.ug.africasafaricom.co.ke.africaCOMESA.africa ecobank.africa citibank.africa Iveri.africab Renaissancecapital.africa webtribe.africa Cybercrime.africa allafrica.africa chamberofcommerce.africa KDN.africa wildlife.africa icann.africa banking.africa eac.africa microfinance.africa cooking.africa shoes.africa Intrepid Data.africa mobicash.africaUSAID.afri gatesfoundation.afric dgi.africa.africa 2020 .africa GrameenFoundation.africa • Africa East African Internet Governance Forum 2010– www.dotconnectafrica.org
  10. 10. Need for Africa-specific 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 East African Internet Governance Forum 2010– www.dotconnectafrica.org
  11. 11. Need for Africa-specific domain• 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, and fits as an ICT4D project.• “.Africa” complies with AU, ECA and ADB policy of development for the continent. • Africa East African Internet Governance Forum 2010– www.dotconnectafrica.org
  12. 12. Strengthening ccTLds• Offering of second level domain names by cross marketing of domain names such as .za.africa; .co.ke.africa; .et.africa; ug.africa ; .ng.africa• Elevation of ccTLDs to Continental and Global Identity inherent in the Africa name• Supporting goal of regional /continental integration of National countries (ccTLDs) • Africa East African Internet Governance Forum 2010– www.dotconnectafrica.org
  13. 13. Who is DotConnectAfrica ?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 operate a viable and technically advanced TLD registry for the Pan-Africa and African community.• To reinvest partial surpluses in socio-technological advancement initiatives relevant to the Pan-Africa and African Internet community; and • Africa East African Internet Governance Forum 2010– www.dotconnectafrica.org
  14. 14. Organizational StructureIs to be made up of different sponsor organizations: • Sponsor Members • Co-sponsor Members • Businesses • Non-profit - NGOs • Other relevant community organizations in the region • Africa East African Internet Governance Forum 2010– www.dotconnectafrica.org
  15. 15. Interested Sponsor Members & Co-Sponsors• African Union (AU)• Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)• African Development Bank (ADB)• Other Pan-African Organizations• African Private Sector Actors• African Non-Profits• African Internet Actors• National ICT Policy organs • Africa East African Internet Governance Forum 2010– www.dotconnectafrica.org
  16. 16. 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 East African Internet Governance Forum 2010– www.dotconnectafrica.org
  17. 17. Governance & Representation of Community• The governance of the .Africa Organization is to be driven thru a multistakeholder representation and augmented by regional and international expertise.• Having direct and close involvement of many Governments, 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.• Governance model is to be adapted from the Africa’s development policy model augmented with other geo –TLD names. The .Africa Organization intends to operate openly & transparently.• Public Policy consideration will include direct input from policy makers , therefore consulting with the AU/ECA/ADB on policy matters. • Africa East African Internet Governance Forum 2010– www.dotconnectafrica.org
  18. 18. DCA Governance Structure Key Pan Board of Directors African CO-SponsorSponsor Org members• AU Chairman’s• UNECA • Businesses Advisory• ADB • Internet orgs Council • IT org, • Teleco • NGO CEO • Non-profit, • Other relevant Functional VPs Africa-based Customer orgs Marketing & Admin Bus Dev Support Staff • Governments • Africa East African Internet Governance Forum 2010– www.dotconnectafrica.org
  19. 19. Achievments to date• Introduction to Regional Key African organs, and Governments• Endorsements by the African Union, Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and 20% of African Govt• Travel Across Africa campaigning, 8 African countries since February• Established website with informative content showing progress and prototype• Established Newsletter to communicate status/activities• Established presence on social media sites, Twitter, Facebook , creating that “generation .africa”• Mailing list of 600 & growing since February 2010• Substantial Relevant African Media coverage• Official Sponsor at ICANN 38 Brussels- The 1st African TLD to sponsor International conference• Sponsor/ East African IGF, Kampala Uganda • Africa East African Internet Governance Forum 2010– www.dotconnectafrica.org
  20. 20. Our promise of putting .africaon the global digital map Africa Leadership Retreat 2020 – www.dotconnectafrica.org
  21. 21. .africa - the first African TLD to be sponsored at an International European event – Brussels ICANN 38East African Internet Governance Forum 2010– www.dotconnectafrica.org
  22. 22. Challenges!• Political - continental project• Adaption from existing gTlds, .com, .org • Branding • Cost • Access to internet • Good Infrastructure • Capacity building/training • Africa East African Internet Governance Forum 2010– www.dotconnectafrica.org
  23. 23. Challenges!• Other African groupings that have resisted our applications• A substantial misrepresentation of our initiative • PRIVATE SECTOR; • U.S BASED; • not an “ICANN” establishment; • belongs to “individual” • fake endorsement s• Not being invited to relevant internet community platforms to represent ourselves properly• Blocked from posting to relevant community forums so as not to share our work• GeoPolitics of African countries, which would want host/registry in own countries• Threaten our early endorsements • Africa East African Internet Governance Forum 2010– www.dotconnectafrica.org
  24. 24. Why support the DCA initiative!• Early applicants to the .Africa name to ICANN• Early endorsements from the continental policy makers• Early endorsements from other stakeholders• Diaspora Africans who are committed to the continent bring transfer of knowledge & technology• Multi-stakeholder governance model – Best Practice• Non-Profit/Non-Partisan organization • (DCA is a TRUST registered in neutral country Mauritius• Open/transparent initiative - over 15 Press Releases since February 2010 disclosing our activities.• Inclusive cross marketing opportunity for ccTLDs• Support new African based gTLDs• Team committed to building “generation.africa”• Team committed to branding Africa in positive light • Africa East African Internet Governance Forum 2010– www.dotconnectafrica.org
  25. 25. NEXT STEPS!• Host country Identification in progress• Registry selection in progress• Awaiting for ICANN to issue the application of TLDs, mid Mrach• Assemble a Working group • Develop Ideas/discuss issues • Champions in each region – • 6 regions ( EAC, COMESA, IGAD, SADC, ECOWAS, CCAS) • Hold our ongoing policy discussion • Africa East African Internet Governance Forum 2010– www.dotconnectafrica.org
  26. 26. "yea" or "nayyea" or "nay" on Internet Governance – The Policy Divide How many participants think “.africa” is a great idea? "yea" or "nay" East African Internet Governance Forum 2010– www.dotconnectafrica.org
  27. 27. One Club Policy - Global policy Your African Mobile Identity Contact us at: Support@dotconnectafrica.orgDotConnectAfrica.org
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