ICANN will participate at the Africa Internet Summit (AIS), organized by the Internet Numbers Registry for Africa (AFRINIC) and the African Network Operators Group (AfNOG).
The summit will take place from May 21 to June 2, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya, and will bring together key players of the Internet industry with the global and regional Internet community for a series of seminars, workshops, tutorials and panels.
Joseph Mucheru, the CS at the Ministry of ICT, will deliver remarks and officially open the summit.
ICANN is involved in the AIS program on three levels:
- 27 May – ICANN Day
- 28 May – Workshop on Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs)
- 2 June – Plenary Session
This is the third time ICANN Day will be held during the summit. ICANN Day aims to raise awareness on ICANN’s role in the Internet Governance ecosystem and foster ICANN’s outreach in Africa. It will consist of the following activites:
- An introduction to ICANN
- Panels and presentations on policy development, the regional domain name industry,
- ICANN’s NextGen, Fellowship and Newcomers Programs, and domain name dispute resolution
- Presentations on becoming an ICANN accredited registrar, civil society’s role in ICANN, Internet security and the upcoming Key Signing Key (KSK) rollover
Those who are interested in one or more of the following are encouraged to attend ICANN Day:
- Learning more about ICANN and connecting with ICANN leadership
- Hearing about recent developments and top trends in the global domain industry
- Discussing various business, technical and policy aspects of the industry
- Joining the ICANN Community and participating in policy-making processes
The complete agenda for ICANN Day is available here.
The workshop on Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs), also organized by ICANN, will cover topics such as an overview of African languages and writing systems, label generation Rules (LGR) for IDNs, Ethiopic Script LGR proposal for the root zone and the use of Latin script for African languages.
The plenary session, in which ICANN Board Member Akinori Maemura is scheduled to speak, will cover topics such as:
- An update on the Africa DNS Market Study
- Key results from the Africa strategy since the last AIS meeting
- Information on ICANN59 in Johannesburg, South Africa, which is taking place from 26-29 June 2017
- Information on the Africa DNS Forum in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania